Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Academy Awards, USA 2013

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Donna Gigliotti
Bruce Cohen
Jonathan Gordon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert De Niro
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Jacki Weaver
Best Achievement in Directing
David O. Russell
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Jay Cassidy
Crispin Struthers

The Weinstein Company
Directed by David O. Russell
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Recently released from a stint in a mental institution after attacking his wife's lover, Bradley Cooper moves in with his middle aged parents in suburban Philadelphia. Diagnosed as bipolar, he tries to fight his demons without medication, but has a series of relapses. He meets recently widowed Jennifer Lawrence at a friend's house, who unsuccessfully tries to seduce him but keeps after him anyway. After a few disastrous dates, she pretends to deliver a letter to his estranged wife in order to coax him into a dance competition for the big finale. An uneasy mix of predictable romantic comedy with a more serious subtext about mental illness. At its best showing two people coming to grips with their emotional problems with the help of each other.

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