DVD Review: Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook is a film that you have to stick with, because you’ll be tempted to give up on it during the first little while, but it does end up a predictably saccharine romantic comedy, that will produce a smile on your face by the end. And it has plenty of laugh out loud moments along the way.
Pat (Cooper) has just spent 8 months in a mental hospital on a plea bargain after beating the shit out of the history teacher who has having an affair with his wife, but now he’s out and living back with his parents, getting his life back together so he can get his wife (whose left town) and his old job at the school (where the history teacher works) he used to work at. Oh yeah, and he’s bipolar. Sweet.
Then his best mate invites him to have dinner with him and his wife and spring a double date on him with his wife’s trouble sister Tiffany (Lawrence) whose cop husband recently died and she’s showing signs of aspergers mixed with nymphomaniac tendencies. They don’t exactly hit it off, but Tiffany offers sex anyway.
Then there is Pat’s dad (DeNero) who is a OCD gambling addict. Talk about a fucked up family, and why you’d want to walk away from this film early one.
But all this crazy shit starts to work itself out, and a spark of something special ignites something beautiful, as through many, many wrong turns and misunderstandings, this bunch of no-hope misfits start working together and helping each other grow or accept who they are.
In the end, Silver Linings Playbook is a magical journey, it’s just a difficult road to travel from time to time.
Rating: M Violence,sexual references and offensive language.