An adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel of the same name, David O. Russel's film, Silver Linings Playbook, will make you giggle, and cringe at the very same time.
Bradley Cooper - heartthrob. Jennifer Lawrence - bad ass, who can protect herself.
Both are acclaimed actors - they play their roles with conviction, and have us falling over ourselves to see their performances.
Silver Linings Playbook, in its simplest form is about silver linings, moments of hope when you feel like you've been sucker-punched. Specifically it is about mental health - how those around you cope, and try to understand and reason and how humanity are accustomed to prejudice, and stereotypes.
Considering this is a Hollywood film, it surprisingly tells it how it is; no fancy extras, just a film about keeping your chin and up looking on the bright side when the chips are down.
Cooper plays a man who is trying to recover the little dignity he has left by accepting his previous issues, but also focusing on the new positives in his life.
Lawrence plays his counterpart - a woman who has equally as many troubles as Cooper, but insists on keeping her head up. Although in some scenes keeping her head up takes a more brazen approach.
Underneath the rather obvious crux of the storyline, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver play Cooper's parents, and Chris Tucker as his friend. With such 'big' Hollywood names you'd be forgiven for thinking this was a Hollywood blockbuster, however, Silver Linings Playbook is genteel, modest and laugh out loud hilarious.
Categorised as a romantic comedy/drama Silver Linings is an interesting look at how people live their lives when there's an elephant in the room. Cooper and Lawrence, however do not see an 'elephant' - but their lives, and how their (in) ability to control themselves (from now on), makes for a happier being.