Bottom Line: A romantic comedy that far exceeds the grasp of any Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl led piece of tripe. With its phenomenal acting, intriguing story, tight script and mass appeal to both men and women – I’d say this is one of those rare times where a movie of this nature is a lock for an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro deliver the acting goods and are all pretty much assured nominations as well (maybe Cooper, probably DeNiro and especially Lawrence who I can see taking home the Best Actress prize). With its mental illness angle firmly yet delicately in place, were given an intriguing, hopeful, funny, touching, redemptive, unique and completely offbeat story of finding love in the hearts of those you’d least expect. Score a touchdown with your significant other tonight and take in the neurotic and poetic SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK!
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker
Directed by: David O. Russell (FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, THREE KINGS, THE FIGHTER and I HEART HUCKABEES)
Running time: 122 minutes
Story: Life doesn’t always go according to plan...Pat Solitanohas lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. 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. (The Weinstein Company)