Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings PlaybookI’ve seen a lot of movies and have been reviewing them long before I ever launched my website.  Despite that, it is a rarity for me to ever see movies that remind me so much of family and certain family members.  Not just by means of character, personality traits or quirks, but also with the ability to give me a glimpse into the future perhaps.  To push that point even further, it doesn’t stop at just one character.  In fact nearly every character in that movie reminded me a little bit of each member of my immediate family.  My mother and aunt first saw “Silver Linings Playbook” a few weeks ago and immediately came running to me saying I had to see this movie.  For the record: I

definitely saw each member of my family-including bits of myself-in this.

“Silver Linings Playbook” is the story of Pat, a young man who is taken out of a mental institution against the advice of the courts by his mother without the knowledge of his father.  He was ordered to spend a minimum of eight months there after nearly beating to his wife’s lover to death.  Pat is bipolar and suffers from uncontrollable mood swings.  He is a former teacher who now has several restraining orders held against him from contacting his wife or going near the school where he used to work.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley CooperDetermined to win back his wife and put his life back in order, Pat sets out to lose weight and catch up on all the curriculum of the school so he can go back to work.  But his mood swings get in the way despite his refusal to take any medication.  Soon after returning home, he meets Tiffany, a young woman with problems of her own.  Yet despite their personal demons and severe character flaws, they seem to need each other without either of them realizing it.

This movie is filled with symbolism that further drills home the point of the layers and depth of these characters in a brilliant way without overbearing you with it.  A brilliant and emotional movie with a phenomenal cast including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver.  Nominated for eight (that’s right EIGHT) Academy Awards-which airs tomorrow-and should not be missed, “Silver Linings Playbook” is just another of the various films I have been reviewing and talking about in the last few weeks that definitely deserves our attention and praise.

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