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Film Review: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Written and directed by David O Russell, and based on the novel by Matthew Quick. The film starts with Patrizio Solitano Jr (Bradley Cooper) in a mental institution, which he was put in after attacking a man his wife was having an affair with. His mother manages to get him released from the institution on the condition that he continues to take his medication and visit a psychiatrist. Silver Linings Playback works reasonably well as a black comedy take on romance with mental illness. Jennifer Lawrence and particularly Cooper are good in the leading roles. My only two gripes are (1) the story could have done with being pared down as it feels flabby in parts and (2) it feels a bit anaemic, perhaps because of the dilution of (1) and that the mental illness side isn't covered in greater detail. At least it feels a little different to the usual romantic black comedies. The film also has a distinctly American feel to it, aside from the heavy thread of American Football. For (perhaps more so American) fans of quirky romantic comedy. 3/5 (Average)