Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

4.8 5
Director: David O. Russell

Cast: David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

     
 

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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 (See more details below

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A feel-good film filled with laughs and memorable performances, David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook leaves you so ecstatically happy that it might just be the most recommendable movie of 2012. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, the picture stars Bradley Cooper as Pat, an emotionally troubled man recently released from a mental institution where he was ordered to stay after a violent outburst. As the film opens, Pat goes back to live with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro), in the Philadelphia home where he grew up. Severely bipolar -- a condition that manifests itself more often than not in an inability to keep from saying the first thing that pops into his head -- Pat is reluctant to stay on his medication. Instead, he focuses on doing everything he can to win back his wife, a goal made rather complicated by the fact that she has filed a restraining order against him. Russell manages to play this situation for laughs without once mocking the seriousness of Pat's condition or treating the character like a victim. It helps that Pat is self-aware enough to know what he's going through -- an aspect of his personality accentuated by his frequent visits to his therapist (Anupam Kher) and his understanding that Pat Sr.'s OCD-tinged habits on Philadelphia Eagles' game days aren't exactly a model of psychological health. Through friends, Pat is set up on a blind date of sorts with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a twentysomething suffering from her own mental imbalances since going through a personal trauma. The two oddballs hit it off as friends, though Pat still wants to reconcile with his wife more than anything. Tiffany offers to pass along a letter to his ex -- she sees her regularly -- if Pat will help her compete in a local dance contest. The plot of Silver Linings Playbook makes it sound like the kind of quirky-cute romantic comedy churned out on a regular basis -- it's not hard to imagine Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the same situation -- but Russell's consistently funny and verbose script, coupled with his long-standing affection for underdogs, elevate this material into a glorious piece of Hollywood genre filmmaking. This is a rom com done not just right, but timelessly. Bradley Cooper has already established himself as a star, but he's never had a part that fit him better than this one. He often projects smugness and an utter lack of vulnerability, and while those traits made him a perfect choice as the narcissistic center of The Hangover films, it doesn't prepare you for how perfect a role Pat is for him. The innate superiority he projects underscores how incredibly infuriating the character is for those around him, but it also becomes something Pat must overcome; it's tempting to read the movie at some level as Cooper learning to become an even better actor. However, Jennifer Lawrence delivers a star-making performance, absorbing the part of Tiffany in a way that should and will put her in the running for tons of year-end accolades. At 22 she's already an Oscar nominee -- and as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games she's the anchor of a blockbuster franchise -- but as Tiffany she balances tough Philly attitude, grief, self-destruction, and sexiness, and is terrifically funny on top of it all, proving herself to be an actress capable of winning our hearts without dumbing down. She gets a showcase scene about two-thirds of the way through, a monologue with strong echoes of the moment in which Amy Adams confronts her boyfriend's sisters in Russell's The Fighter, and she takes control of the screen like a jazz musician finally getting to solo in front of fellow players who have laid the groundwork for her to shine. In addition, we pay attention because it's a key scene in the story -- a turning point that establishes character goals you didn't see coming but make total sense. As a screenwriter, Russell pulls this trick off throughout the movie, undercutting our expectations without ever pulling the rug out from underneath us, and as a director he shows a deft touch when following through with these twists. Many people might mitigate their praise for the film, or dismiss it out of hand, because it's just a crowd-pleaser. That shortsightedness overlooks how rarely a movie pleases any and all crowds as well as this one does. At a time when everything seems aimed at a particular niche, Silver Linings Playbook reminds us how wonderful it is, as you make your way out of the theater, to see your own satisfied smile reflected in the faces of total strangers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0013132597218
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Twc
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
10,291

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Silver Linings Playbook: the movie that became a movement; Dance rehearsal; Going steadicam with Bradley Cooper

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bradley Cooper Pat,Pat Solitano
Jennifer Lawrence Tiffany
Robert De Niro Pat Sr.
Jacki Weaver Dolores,Delores
Chris Tucker Danny
Anupam Kher Dr. Cliff Patel
John Ortiz Ronnie
Shea Whigham Jake
Julia Stiles Veronica
Paul Herman Randy
Dash Mihok Officer Keogh
Matthew Russell Ricky D'Angelo
Cheryl Williams Tiffany's Mother
Patrick F. McDade Tiffany's Father
Brea Bee Nikki
Regency Boies Regina
Phillip Chorba Jordie
Anthony Lawton Dr. Timbers
Patsy Meck Nancy (High School Principal)
Maureen Torsney Weir Older Waitress
Jeff Reim Jeffrey
Fritz Blanchette Fritzy
Rick Foster Dance Competition Announcer
Bonnie Aarons Ricky D'Angelo's Mother
Ted Barba Doug Culpepper
Elias Birnbaum Ricky D'Angelo's Friend #1
Matthew Michels Ricky D'Angelo's Friend #2
Pete Postiglione Lawyer at Bar
Richard A. Eklund Fighting Eagle Fan
Sanjay Shende Indian Invasion #1
Mihir Pathak Indian Invasion #2
Ibrahim Syed Indian Invasion #3
Madhu Narula Dr. Patel's Wife
Samantha Gelnaw Jake's Fiancée
Tiffany Green Tanya

Technical Credits
David O. Russell Director,Screenwriter
Judy Becker Production Designer
Odin Benitez Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Cassidy Editor
Bruce Cohen Producer
Bradley Cooper Executive Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Donna Gigliotti Producer
Jonathan Gordon Producer
Lindsay Graham Casting
Sue Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Kamine Co-producer
Mandy Moore Choreography
Tom Nelson Sound Mixer
George Para Executive Producer
Michelle Raimo Executive Producer
Jesse Rosenthal Art Director
Crispin Struthers Editor
Masanobu Takayanagi Cinematographer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Carla White Makeup
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silver Linings Playbook
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20

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