Silver Linings Playbook [FQ13 Review 14]

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If a woman will run with you while you wear a trashbag, you should either marry her or avoid her completely.

Silver Linings Playbook

Why I Saw It: In my yearly quest, I try to see all the films nominated for Best Picture in the Oscars.

What Was It About?  “After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Memorable Performances: This is easily the most memorable performance I’ve seen from Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and although it’s not the MOST memorable from them, Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker were great here as well.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • Best Actor – Bradley Cooper
  • Best Supporting Actor – Jennifer Lawrence
  • Best Supporting Actor – Robert De Niro
  • Best Supporting Actor – Chris Tucker

Favorite Parts: The best parts of the film were any scene involving Chris Tucker, as well as the scene where Jennifer Lawrence was arguing with Robert DeNiro about whether she’s bad luck. The dance routine performance near the end was great as well.

The Regrettable Aspects: There really weren’t any.

Would I watch it again? I’ll watch it anytime I happen to see it available on TV, and if it becomes available on Netflix Instant at any point, I’ll probably check it out there as well.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  To anyone who likes movies with complex-yet-funny characters, or Philadelphia Eagles fans, or football fans who don’t like the Philadelphia Eagles.

Other Recommendations:

– As Good As It Gets – the characters have a similar feel to them, especially Jack Nicholson’s character who is dealing with significant mental illness and yet ends up a humorous character.

– Meet the Parents – it’s certainly not one of my favorites, but it does include similar acting style from Robert DeNiro… or close enough. He’s far more entertaining in Silver Linings Playbook

– Billy Elliot – if you’re okay with the dancing and you appreciate some serious drama to go along with the comedy, then you should give Billy Elliot a chance

Invinceable – if for no other reason than it involves the Philadelphia Eagles

If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to Silver Linings Playbook, or for other similar films, let me know!

Next up, LOOPER.

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3 responses to “Silver Linings Playbook [FQ13 Review 14]

    • I went into the movie expecting it to be a bit different than how it all turned out, and I was pleasantly surprised to have that same feeling that you’re mentioning. I typically don’t like Bradley Cooper, and as a Washington D.C. native, you can guess what my feelings are about the Eagles, but both of those aspects actually really added to the film overall. Let me just say that I hope there’s not a movie coming out anytime soon about Dallas Cowboys fans…

      Thanks for the comment Dan!

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