MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES
Photo By The Weinstein Company
Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence.
Pat Solatano (Cooper) is damaged and he knows it. He has just been released after 8 months in a Baltimore mental hospital following an act of violence. The time in the institution was time well spent. Pat made a few good friends and learned that he is living with bipolar disorder and all of the mood swings that are a part of that disposition.
Pat moves back home in Philadelphia with his parents Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jackie Weaver). There’s much love and support from his folks, even though neither of them knows quite what to do with an adult son under their care. Dad loves watching and betting on sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles, and sees sports as one way to connect with his son.
Pat’s good friend Ronnie (John Ortiz) is ready to fix him up with his wife’s sister Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a 22-year-old widow, who is also acting out in unusual ways in response to her grief. Their first meeting is awkward and uncomfortable, but that doesn’t stop Tiffany from inviting Pat to spend the night with her in her bedroom at her parent’s house (she also lives with her folks). Pat turns down the offer but can’t quite stop running into Tiffany. These two damaged souls deserve each other. And Tiffany may be able to help Pat connect with an important person from his past.
Silver Linings Playbook is an ensemble film with a great cast and, in its own off center way, is a real celebration of family. It’s touching to see parents who are there to support their son, through good times and bad.
It’s also great to see a film with such a big heart with a plot that is also somewhat askew. Like a winning football play, its story takes a few unexpected moves before reaching the goal line. There are laughs as well as tears in the Silver Linings Playbook.
And, like the 1976 film Rocky, this movie uses the working class background of Philadelphia to tell its tale and the city is used to good effect.
It’s sometimes crude and rude, but this is a film that wins you over with its celebration of life and love.
Four halos: An entertaining and somewhat predictable romantic comedy about new beginnings that also delights and surprises, thanks to a smart script and great actor.
Three pitchforks: Much casual swearing, nudity and sex talk (with no actual sex scenes), high stakes gambling, brief scenes of strong violence.
Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
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