Silver Linings Playbook is a product of David O. Russell, the director of The Fighter. He is clearly an excellent storyteller and he has again made this quirky story about slightly bipolar people very compelling and fun.
What catches one’s eye in the trailer is Bradley Cooper, who is one of the top male leads in the lineup. He continues to impress that he is much more than a pretty face and abs by showing us some real acting as a live-at-home mild psychotic who can’t control his anger or his obsession with recapturing his lost life. What grabs you right from the start of the film, however is Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games, who has that full-cheeked fresh look of innocence that makes her psychoses more interesting. Add to that Cooper’s OCD Philadelphia Eagles fan father played by Robert DeNiro and you have a wonderful can of mixed nuts all working to find their way back to some semblance of normalcy.
DeNiro wants the Eagles to win and finance his new restaurant. Cooper wants his ex-wife back (never once showing any concern about his career or lack of productivity). Lawrence is at least focused on a dance competition for which she enlists Cooper as her partner. When they “win” by scoring a 5 out of 10, there is great symbolism in saying that for some, just being able to get on the field is a victory.
While I really liked the movie for its message about managing one’s dreams, I am always troubled by the marginal productivity of people who should be in he mainstream. No one here adds to the GDP and that is troubling.