Directed by David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook, outlines the importance of relationships in the midst of hardships. Sure there are many other movies with the same underlying theme but trust me when you add mental illness, the Philadelphia Eagles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper to the mix, you get a movie that surpasses. This is definitely going off tangent but I can't contain myself. Do you remember that song that you didn't really like the first time you heard it but after the second and third time, you can't get it out of your head? That's Jennifer Lawrence to me. To put it bluntly, she has a vice grip on my heart. In my humble opinion, I thought she was alright in The Hunger Games and House at the End of the Street but it was all to prime me for this one.
Cooper plays the part of a young man that has trouble accepting his ruined relationship with his wife which led him to spend some time in a psychiatric center and is now looking for a strategy to deal with the anguish. (Jammed packed sentence, I know.) Lawrence, also disgruntled, lost her husband through a car accident and is also looking for her own method of dealing. Did I mention that Chris Tucker plays a part in all of this? Who else that Chris Tucker can add a little levity to any situation? It came as a complete surprise that he was in the movie. In the midst of all the things happening around their lives, Coops and Jennifer find each other and begin to start a relationship that could in the end make things so much worse or can lead their lives to something different entirely.
Before I even watched the movie, I believed that Bradley Cooper would be the one to carry it. However, it was a perfect mesh of character between Cooper and Lawrence. Lawrence did look a bit young for the role but hey, I only thought that after the movie was over. She did a great job in masking the 16 year age difference while in front of the camera. Another aspect about this movie that hit close to home is that it featured a native actor from Bollywood, Anupam Kher. I won't be surprise if you asked who that was but he is in a couple of my home favorites. Expect very amusing W.T.F. moments, a pinch of heart warming, and sore cheek bones. That's all I'm going to say. Just go.
This movie gets a JPB rating of 8.5/10.