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Silver Linings Playbook

January 31, 2013

I had mixed and powerful feelings after seeing “Silver Linings Playbook.” First of all, it was an extremely entertaining movie that dealt with mental illness. However, it was done largely in an unrealistic way reminiscent of ’50’s situation comedies where problems were solved in roughly 27 minutes. In “Silver Linings Playbook” it took about two entertaining hours to solve problems.

Hopefully people will realize how severe bipolar disorder is and can be.  The need to support people with such an affliction is great.

Having said that, the movie featured fine performances by the entire cast. Jennifer Lawrence, who played the symmetrically named “Tiffany Maxwell,” gave a magnificent performance and likely will win the Academy Award for best actress. Robert DeNiro as the father who bets and roots for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Bradley Cooper as his son, who battles bipolar disorder, both are outstanding.

DeNiro and sports: Of course, he won the Academy Award portraying Jake La Motta in “Raging Bull.” He also referenced green clad Michigan State in “Analyze This.” As was the case in that movie, his role wearing Philadelphia Eagles’ green in this movie is humorous.

There is a wonderful, uplifting story in “Silver Linings Playbook.” The wish is that the happy ending(s) were more prevalent in real life.

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  1. Unrealistic ending? Their problem are solved? Where does it say that?

    At best (for Pat and Tiffany) it was a happy ending for that one day.

    By the way, I loved the film, and am greatly pleased that Jennifer Lawrence has been walking off with awards for her portrayal of Tiffany.

    • Andy B. permalink

      First of all, thanks for your comment. I truly see your point about “one day” but wonder, as always how many people will act in a constructive way. I learned , largely “the hard way” the need to be thankful for what one has.

      Again, thank you and hope to hear from you again.

  2. It may not pack the punch of O. Russell’s previous-work, but taking in mind the different tones and audiences; I think this will be the one I always stop to watch on television while I’m channel surfing on the weekends. Good review.

    • Andy B. permalink

      Thanks for your comment and praise. I realize how much I want to see the movie again and likely will very soon.

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