FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Russell rewrites the Playbook
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 15, 2012
3.0 3.0 Stars



According to some movies, being mentally ill is a great way to find love. Recent examples range from the rom-com Kind of a Funny Story to the rom-thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They may trivialize the subject, but who wants to watch two hours of someone paralyzed by psychic agony?

As the title suggests, David O. Russell's adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel also looks on the bright side. And it bristles with quirky authenticity. From Spanking the Monkey to The Fighter, Russell observes the troubled soul within the environment that causes most of the damage — the family — which he details down to the dinner table spats and the ugly wallpaper in the living room.

Home is where Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) finds himself once again. He has just been sprung by his mother (Jacki Weaver ) from the psychiatric institution where he spent eight months after nearly beating his wife's lover to death. In the meantime he has lost his house and job as well as his wife and his mind, and so he moves into the blue-collar Philadelphia digs he grew up in. With Robert De Niro playing the volatile Pat Sr., it's kind of like All in the Family, except the laughs sometimes degenerate into violence.

Then Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) enters Pat's life. She's dealing with depression over her husband's death by sleeping with everyone in the neighborhood. Pat declines her favors at first, but genre expectations decree that opposites attract and that these two should find their psychoses mutually compatible. To his credit, Russell keeps the outcome interesting; he knows that every silver lining has a cloud.

  Topics: Reviews , review, movie, film,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY PETER KEOUGH
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BUFFET DINING: THE 15TH BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 19, 2013
    "Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.
  •   REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA  |  March 19, 2013
    Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
  •   UNDERGROUND CINEMA: THE 12TH BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 12, 2013
    This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
  •   REVIEW: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III  |  March 12, 2013
    In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.
  •   REVIEW: UPSIDE DOWN  |  March 14, 2013
    Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH