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Silver Linings Playbook  


Pat: Bradley Cooper
Tiffany: Jennifer Lawrence
Pat Sr.: Robert De Niro
Dolores: Jacki Weaver
Danny: Chris Tucker
Review November 2012

Director David O. Russell always seems to find absurd humor in serious places. In Three Kings, it was a group of American soldiers searching for treasure in Iraq. In I Heart Huckabees, it was a pair of existentialist detectives investigating the meaning of life. And in his latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, Russell finds humor with mental illness, relationship woes, and professional football. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a former substitute teacher who attempts to reunite with his wife after spending eight months in a psychiatric facility for beating up his wife's lover. Upon his release, he receives support from his football obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and a mysterious girl (played by Jennifer Lawrence) with many of her own flaws. Both Cooper and Lawrence exhibit great chemistry together and the onslaught of zingers is one of the many silver linings in the film. Hysterically awkward, Silver Linings Playbook is a razor sharp, unfiltered exploration of recovery and reconciliation.

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