Straight up - I really liked this movie. I didn't have really high expectations, so I was wonderfully surprised. I think I'd seen the promos on TV about 50 times and for some reason just thought 'meh, that'll be mediocre'. Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of Patrick, who's just done eight months 'inside'. Inside a mental institution that is. The thirty-something guy was being treated for a bipolar disorder.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are the stars of Silver Linings Playbook
Once he's out and living back with his parents, he starts hanging out with Tiffany. She's the sister of his friend's wife and someone with a few mental issues of her own.
The pair, who start out as 'friends with a capital F', have a lot in common. They are both grieving for their partners - Pat's wife has a restraining order on him and Tiffany's husband was killed in an accident. And they are both working out how to just 'be' in society.
There's a real but kind portrayal of people with mental issues in this film. But there are also a lot of laughs along the way and the best movie dance scene I've seen since the almost-striptease in Little Miss Sunshine.
Somewhere (about three-quarters through) Silver Linings Playbook perhaps drags a little, but you can forgive that given the overall feeling you're left with after the film.
Jennifer Lawrence (who won a Golden Globe for her role) and Bradley Cooper are both brilliant - I didn't find anything insulting about their portrayals of people with mental issues - but I also could have imagined this story being made as an indie film rather than with the Hollywood heavyweights that also include Robert DeNiro and an Aussie who's been seen a lot more in LA of late - Jackie Weaver (a former Mrs Derryn Hinch).