Silver Linings Playbook
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything, his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to re-establish his life, remain positive and get back together with his wife. All Pat's parents' want is for him to get back on his feet and to share their family's fixation with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a puzzling girl with problems of her own, things get convoluted. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
Double Double Spoilers and Trouble.
Larger than life are good words to describe this oddball family and for that matter the film itself.
It's great to see Jacki Weaver in a film again and not just as a housewife, no, she's very determined to help her Son. So she goes and gets him out of the State Institution and takes him home. With a tag along fellow inmate Danny (Chris Tucker) who soon reveals he hadn't really been released so Dolores turns the car around and takes him back.
Kind is another good word to describe this oddball family. Dolores is the epitome of kindness and she worries about them all. Pat Snr is kind to his whole family. Pat, diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, is kind to most people in this film. And, funnily enough he extends that to be kind to his wife near the end of the film.
And, then there's Tiffany, who is kind to Pat by helping him open a dialogue, via letter, with his estranged wife. The only trouble is Tiff is writing the return letters herself and in the end that is a kindness unforseen.
So, Tiff and Pat regularly run into each other while jogging and it remains to be seen if that is intentional or not. A good guess would be it is no accident.
It's suspected by Pat that Tiff is also a victim of bipolar but the two have a connection that is patently obvious to everyone.
In exchange for helping with his wife Pat agrees to enter a Dance competition with Tiffany. They rehearse in Tiff's granny flat, which was built for her by her family and sits behind her sister Veronica's (Julia Stiles) house.
The rehearsals are displayed in a series of montages and I fell in love with the film around about this phase. Neither Tiffany nor Pat is a dancer but going any further would spoil absolutely everything, so I will leave the ending. Let's just say it's a doozy.
Both Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper deserved their Oscar nominations for this film. But it was Lawrence that scored just about every award known to womanhood for the 2013 award season based on her performance as Tiffany.
Cooper won the Critics Choice Award but was nominated for a few others.
The film made $236.4mil at the Worldwide Box Office. Again, Sacre Bleu!!