Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
Release Date: December 25, 2012
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
As I have stated before, I’m a huge fan of the Oscars and watch every single movie. The Silver Lining’s Playbook was up for all four acting categories (Jennifer Laurence winning best actress) and best picture. Thus my mom and I saw it in the theater in preparation. I thought it was good, it would have been a great summer movie as all the elements were there, romance-to-be filled with obstacles conquering all with a happy all is right in the world ending. Although, I wasn’t sure if I would consider it Oscar worthy.
A co-worker of my dad’s recommended it, and asked me to add it to our Netflix queue. So I did. I liked it better than I did the first time, recognizing its dry humor and caught my attention a bit more. Speaking of humor, Pat has promised his new friend Tiffany that he will partner with her a dance competition if she helps him reconcile with his wife. She agrees. They show several practice scenes and I kept waiting for them to do the Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing lift. Sadly, I was disappointed.
The negative, I had a problem with the bi-polar thing. I will probably come off sounding like bitch, and that persons with the disorder have their ups and downs, but by the dance competition he was too up. Too normal. Too Hollywood. I guess I enjoyed it more than the first time, but I still think it would have made a better summer flick.