New to Home Video – “Silver Linings Playbook”
New 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.
Posted on May 1, 2013, in Now on DVD and tagged Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Meet the Fockers, Robert Di Nero, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, Three Kings. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.