Silver Linings Playbook: Critical Reception and Conclusions

The film premiered last September 8, 2012, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on November 16, 2012, in the United States. The movie opened with a major success with a box office hit of $236 million worldwide and earned several accolades. The film achieved 8 nominations for Academy Rewards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. It received 4 nominations for Golden Globe Awards with Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress Award; 3 nominations for BAFTA or British Academy Film Rewards with Director Russell receiving the Best Adapted Screenplay; 4 nominations for Screen Actors Guild; and 5 nominations for Independent Spirit Award, winning in 4 categories including Best Film.

In some ways, the film Silver Linings Playbook is true to its name. It is a story to have some hidden benefits to it. In Tiffany and Pat, these two people where under pain and sufferings that need each other and in the end grow to love each other. Through their funny, awkward and sometimes romantic and sweet interactions, we see them heal and grow. Their friendship creates a strange way to helps smooth old conflicts and family wounds. And even with psychological illnesses, we learn to be happier and optimistic in life.

In fact, as Russell writes it and how Cooper acts it, it seems like Pat’s bipolar disorder is just another lovable and funny quirk of the film: He babbles away about nothing in particular and throws Hemingway’s book entitled “A Farewell to Arms” out of the window at 4 in the morning and waking his parents just to complain about the conclusion.

However, here’s the thing: Silver linings are always with the company of clouds.

On Tiffany and Pat: We all see them as individuals made for each other for better or for worse. The base of their relationship, on the other hand, is filled with mutual deception. Also, their lives before the other were full of pain and cheating as well as Pat’s rebounding emotions to Tiffany after his wife cheated on him.

On father and son: It is undeniable that Dad loves his son so much. However, it is rooted in the obsession with gambling and luck. Betting on his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the outcome of his son and Tiffany’s dance competition, he says bye bye to his gloomy financial status. These merely hide the fact that Pat Sr. has a serious gambling problem.

Adding to the already stormy horizon, the film’s sexual situations and thunderous language, as well as those lightning fast moments where Pat loses his cool, makes this film tentatively best and enjoyable and damaging at worst.

The “Silver Lining” Of It All

Before Pat can even enter the stadium, he got involved in a fight with some racist fans harassing Indian fans including his friend and therapist, Dr. Patel. The police hauled him away and the Eagles lose the game making his father furious. Tiffany convinced his father saying that the Eagles seem to do well when she and Pat are together. Pat Sr. negotiates with his gambling friends that if the Philadelphia team wins the next game AND Pat and Tiffany scored 5 out of 10 in the dancing competition he will receive twice the money he lost in the initial bet.

Pat was hesitant about the dance competition. So, Pat Sr., Dolores, and Tiffany conspired to persuade him to dance in the competition by promising him that Nikki will be there to watch him.

The dance competition was held the same time of the football game. Tiffany, Pat and all their family and friends were there including Nikki who was actually invited by Veronica and Ronnie. Tiffany and Pat began their dance routine while the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Dallas Cowboys. Tiffany and Pat scored exactly 5 points. Amidst the cheering of the crowd, Tiffany saw Pat moving closer to Nikki and speaks into her ear. Tiffany runs off and Pat leaves Nikki to chase after her.

There, Pat hands Tiffany a letter saying that he knows the truth about Tiffany forging Nikki’s letter. In a moment, Pat revealed his true feelings and said that he loved Tiffany from the moment he saw her although it took him a long time to be in terms of it. They kissed (of, course).

In the closing scenes, Pat Sr. opens his own restaurant and Danny became even closer to Pat’s family. Tiffany and Pat started a relationship with no more wedding rings in their fingers.

Movie review by Scott LaPorta. Aside from being an avid theatergoer, Scott is a licensed personal trainer, biker, and entertainment writer. He lives in Alberta, Canada with his wife and three Dobermans.

Tiffany and Pat: Tensions Rising

Pat was released in the mental institution under the care of his father Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, Sr., (Robert De Niro) and his mother Dolores Solitano (Jacki Weaver). Pat’s main goal now is to get his ex-wife (who moved away and obtained a restraining order) back through hard work, perseverance and a lot of creepy stalking. Restraining order? He does not understand what you mean by that.

Pat was invited to have dinner at his friend Ronnie’s (John Ortiz) house with his wife Veronica (Julia Stiles). There he meets Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence), Veronica’s sister who suffers from depression and relationship problems. Why? Tiffany became a widow at a young age after her beloved husband died in a sudden, tragic accident that she felt responsible for. In order to ease her pain, Tiffany had meaningless sexual activity with everyone at her office.

As the dinner goes on, Tiffany tries to connect with Pat and even offers casual sex. However, Pat declined and want to keep focused on getting her ex-wife back (crazy in love, remember?). But Tiffany is determined and tries to get closer to him and even offers him to deliver a letter to Nikki. In return, Tiffany asks Pat to be her dancing partner in an upcoming dance competition (which she does as a therapy).

Pat reluctantly agrees to believe that competition will be a great way to show his ex-wife that he is changed and became a better person. And so over the following weeks, the two begin practicing for the competition. Eventually, Danny was released from the mental institution and taught Tiffany and Pat some dance moves to add to their routine.

Meanwhile, Pat Sr. wants to open his own restaurant. To do that, he resorted to illegal bookmaking and virtually bet all his money on the result of Philadelphia Eagles. He believes in superstitious beliefs and asks his son, Pat Jr., to attend and watch the game as a good luck charm. Pat asks for a time off from their dance practice in order to attend the game.

Silver Linings Playbook: The Beginning

They say love can make you a little crazy. And Director David O. Russell shows exactly that with this heartwarming film that alternates from comedy and romance to psychological drama that you will surely enjoy.

Based on a book with the same title written by Matthew Quick, the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” is a 2012 American rom-com drama that is written and directed by David O. Russell (also the director of the film “The Fighter”, an Oscar-winning boxing drama). Silver Linings Playbook film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper with Jacki Weaver, Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles as supporting roles.

Bradley Cooper plays as Patrizio “Pat” Solitano Jr. who was diagnosed to have a bipolar disorder and spent eight months in a mental health facility. How does he end in a mental institution, you ask? Because he is crazily in love with his wife Nikki (Brea Bree). And so, when Pat finds her unfaithful wife taking a shower with another man, he lost all her wits and beaten his ex-wife’s lover within an inch of his life.

At the mental clinic, Pat meets and befriends an easy going man named Danny McDaniels (Chris Tucker) who was involved in a legal dispute with the said clinic on whether or not he is qualified to leave. Dr. Cliff Patel (Anupam Kher), Pat’s therapist, does his best to convince Pat to keep taking his medication to prevent any violent outburst and cause him to return to the mental clinic. However, Pat argues that he now has a new outlook on life and attempts to find good or silver linings in everything that he sees and experiences.