To all my fellow crazies, dancers, and B. Coop enthusiasts,
Let’s talk Silver Linings Playbook.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but oh. em. gee. For those of you who know me well, you know I don’t watch very many movies. This is because a) I always fall asleep and b) there are too many books and TV shows in the world for me to commit to two hours of sedentary movie time. Instead I commit to sedentary Mad Men, Nashville, and Girls time. Mostly. Also some other shows. But this is a movie worth committing to.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solatano, a down-on-his-luck and bad-with-his-anger (it’s a runs-in-the-family situation) adult who moves back in with his parents after spending eight months in a rehab facility. He did some cray cray things to his wife that necessitated his stint in rehab, but he’s determined to win her back. He believes that everything has a silver lining and his positivity will bring him back to her. Then he meets the not-so-positive Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and she promises to help him get in touch with his wife. As long as he helps her back. While their tit for tat develops into a hilarious friendship, Pat’s family watches them obsessively, they same way they watch football. All the characters are constantly towing the fine line between adulthood and utter childishness, and there’s lots of dancing and hugs. And Chris Tucker plays a crazy dude!
From Bradley Cooper’s ability to look sexy running in a trash bag to Jennifer Lawrence’s perfect Lululemon-pants-meet-high-messy-bun-and-black-eyeliner look to Robert De Niro’s incredibly nuanced performance, the movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, bursting with happiness and giggles.
People are calling it a mental illness movie. I disagree. I think it’s a friendship movie. Also a beautiful dramedy with a perfect ending and the kind of dialogue that makes writers cringe with envy and wish they’d thought of that first. It even made me kind of start liking the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s the trailer, in case you don’t believe me.