David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper as Pat, a bipolar man from Philadelphia who has spent the last eight months in a mental hospital. He was ordered there after a violent incident involving his wife and another man. Pat moves in with his father (Robert De Niro), a lifelong Eagles fans who has low-level OCD issues. Pat wants to get back together with his wife, even though there is a restraining order keeping him from contacting her. He soon befriends Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a depressed young woman who's mourning the death of her husband by engaging in compulsive sex with almost everyone she meets; she also knows his wife and offers to deliver a letter of his to her if he acts as her partner in a local dance competition. Silver Linings Playbook screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
This movie is Obsessive-Compulsive Deliriously funny! OCD PTSD Bradley Cooper (Hangover, Limitless) plays Pat Solitano a former Teacher just released from a mental institution moves back in with his parents. Pat who appear paranoid and potentially delusional in his quest to return with his long gone, cheating ex-wife. After he catches her in the act of cheating is institutionalized for losing it and almost beating a man to death. and his new Friend/Girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) played Tiffany who is grieving the death of her husband by preoccupation her mourning in engaging everyone at her Job. Robert DeNiro plays the Superstitious Eagles Fan Dad whose OCD Rituals also suffers the commonly share personality traits such as high attention to detail ,Aligning multiple TV remotes to avoid risk of losing a games, carefully planning bets as a Bookie to open up a Restaurant. Despite all their irrational behavior, they mutually agree to use one another for their selfish goals.
I wish I had written the brilliant screenplay for this film, which had incredible acting and fabulous directing and would, if audiences and the film industry valued wit and transformation, clean up at the oscars. The absolutely best thing about this film is that it's like a hall of mirrors: the unexpected or apparently unfortunate or unwanted events all turn out for the best. It's like Serendipity with a less saccharine flavor. Nobody gets what they want--thank goodness; there is a conspiracy--one of love and redemption; against all odds and reason, the family members love each other and stick together; and, not unusually, the people who are crazy are the ones who are walking free. Having married into a working class family from PA, I can attest to the authenticity of the characters and situations and performances. Favorite moments: literary analyses of Hemingway and Golding (what is it with the modern era and suicidal or deeply traumatized writers sharing their misery???). A must see.