Adults, you have my permission to skip the latest Twilight film and indulge in the sexy romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.
Bradley Cooper was once crowned People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” but he also happens to be a pretty decent actor. He is Pat, a clinically disturbed guy who just wants to get back with his wife after several months at a mental institution. And, of course, it’s not that simple. Everything Pat does seems to be the wrong choice. He moves in with his parents Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and mom Dolores (Jacki Weaver). It’s pretty much a crazy house. Pat Sr. is usually agitated as he watches his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
Later he meets the beautiful and equally disturbed Tiffany. He tries to manipulate her into sending secret messages to his wife. But Tiffany wants something in return.
Silver Linings Playbook is adapted from the book of the same title (written by Matthew Quick). Sometimes it’s a bit tricky taking a really good book and turning it into a film. But director David O. Russell did a fantastic job with the adaptation. The dialogue is fresh.
This is one of the best romantic comedies I’ve seen this year. Although it is hard to categorize it. It has plenty of drama, it’s funny, and it is romantic in its own quirky way. It’s also pretty dark as it deals with mental illness.
Cooper is electric. He really taps into the crazy without wandering into a ridiculous character. De Niro does this great thing where he lets the other characters shine instead of stealing the scenes. But he’s damn funny and, at times, pretty tragic. Everyone in this film is brilliant. Julia Stiles has a lot of depth even though she does not have a big part. There are a couple of pleasant surprises I won’t spoil. Okay…you probably saw Chris Tucker in the previews.
Julia Stiles at the Austin Film Festival screening of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ – photo by Liz Casanova
But the actress who absolutely steals the show is Jennifer Lawrence. It would have been easy to cast an older actress to play the raunchy but lovable Tiffany. It is a huge role to conquer. But the Hunger Games actress delivers from start to finish.
Yeah, my advice is skip the overinflated so-called blockbuster films. If you want to see something charming but real (and save yourself a headache from all the teenage girls squealing), buy a ticket to Silver Linings Playbook.
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