New to Home Video – “Silver Linings Playbook”

silver liningsNew to home video is Oscar winner (Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence) “Silver Linings Playbook.” The film is a comedy with serious undertones about mental illness, obsession, family dynamics, football and dancing.  It stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.  It has been directed by David O. Russell (“The Fighter” 2010, “Three Kings” 1999).

Cooper plays Pat, a man emerging from a mental institution who comes home to live with his parents, but who refuses to take his medication.  Needless to say complications follow.  Pat soon meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a woman dealing with her own emotional traumas.   The push and pull of their relationship forms the core of the story and both Cooper and Lawrence are quite engaging.

The supporting cast is quite good, De Niro in particular.  It is not often, lately, that this great actor chooses to be in good movies.  It is nice to see De Niro get off of his “Meet the Fockers” kick and play an interesting character in a good script.  As Pat Senior, Pat’s football obsessed father, De Niro provides strong clues to his son’s problems.

“Silver Linings Playbook” is an intelligent, observant and funny movie that respects its characters.  Based on the cookie cutter, over the top  comedies, featuring the same actors, with which we are often deluged, this is a refreshing break.

Use the search box, on the right, to look up my full length critique of “Silver Linings Playbook” when it was originally released.



About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

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