“You have to work as hard as you can and if you can stay positive you have a shot at a silver lining.”
These wise words form the core of David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, which takes a practical, but hilarious, look at what it means to be crazy. We also learn that following that advice may be harder than it sounds.
When we meet Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), he is about to end a court ordered stint at a mental institution and move back in with his parents completely convinced he’ll be able to win back his ex-wife despite a restraining order. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious young widow with problems of her own. This is where our story – previously starting to drag a bit really takes off.
Jennifer Lawrence’s (The Hunger Games) Tiffany is an awkward delight. Brash, deceptively charming, and headstrong, she lights up the screen in a way no other character manages. Lawrence’s portrayal of so different a character is flawless and natural.
Bradley Cooper, too, makes one forget that they are watching the same guy they saw in He’s Just Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day, and The Hangover. You are simply watching Pat Solitano.
The superb casting by Lindsay Graham and Mary Vernieu does not stop there. Every single person from Robert De Niro’s Pat Sr. to Chris Tucker’s Danny came across as unique, believable, and just a little crazy.
If this film does not receive at least a nomination for the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, then the members of The Academy would be the crazy ones.