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Silver Linings Playbook

Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat`s parents want is for him to get back on his feet and to share their family`s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious young woman with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he`ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 10 Jan 2013
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours 2 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Director: David O. Russell
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Writer: Lorraine Tan

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Watch this if you liked: “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”, “The Blind Side” and “Little Miss Sunshine”

Directed by David O. Russell and adapted from the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, this is a rom-com about emotionally broken people that touches on topics like broken marriages, friendships and family dealing with mental illnesses.

The film opens with Pat Solatano being released from the mental institute thanks to the efforts of his mother. He believes he has changed for the better, and the first thing he does is make plans to be reunited with his wife. However, we see that Pat is not as well as he thinks he is, and we soon learn why he ended up in the institute, and why he is separated from his wife.

What pulls the entire film together is the cast, which consists of Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") as Pat Solatano and Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") as Tiffany Maxwell. This film allows them to showcase their talents and prove that they are more versatile than what they brought to their roles in "The Hangover" and "The Hunger Games". The duo are also well-supported in this regard, with big names like Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker.

The role of Tiffany Maxwell was not originally given to Lawrence but to Anne Hathaway, only to fall through due to scheduling conflicts with "The Dark Knight Rises". Other actresses who also auditioned for the role include Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough and Olivia Wilde but it is no surprise why Lawrence was picked out of the other A-list stars, she delivered a remarkable performance as Tiffany, capturing the essence of the widowed, jobless, mysterious and somewhat comical character. Lawrence was just 21 when "Silver Linings Playbook" was filmed, which further proves that this young starlet has tremendous capability and potential that far exceeds her age. She brings depth and authenticity as a depressed widow looking to fill up the emptiness in her life.

In addition, considering their 15-year age gap, the chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence is well played throughout the entire film.

The story develops well, although in a predictable fashion. The audience is able to sympathize with the characters, and the film is able to get the audience to rally behind Pat and Tiffany's route to redemption and acceptance. "Silver Linings Playbook" is not all serious however; there are a few light-hearted moments that stop the movie from being a drama that takes itself too seriously.

The show has no special effects to speak of, and the cinematography is nothing to shout about. However, that is a good thing, as it does not distract from the story and the acting.

"Silver Linings Playbook" is one of those rare films that manage to bring out the vulnerability of people and encourage us to look for that 'silver lining' in our lives.

Cinema Online, 07 January 2013
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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