In a sincere and nuanced performance, Bradley Cooper is Pat, who suffers a personal and professional meltdown that lands him in a state mental institution for eight months. Released and living back at his parents’ home without a job, wife, or life, he starts over with their help and that of an attractive yet very strange neighbor, played brilliantly by Jennifer Lawrence. The cast also includes Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, and Chris Tucker.
Already being hailed for multiple Oscar-worthy performances, Silver Linings Playbook
won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Russell has once again created an awkward, heartfelt, and daring world where his characters can shine. He draws great performances from his stars, as the Hollywood Reporter
points out. “Cooper brings enormous heart to a role that easily might have veered toward the abrasive, and Lawrence shows off natural comic chops that we haven’t seen much from her. There’s self-exposure and risk in both these actors’ work here, which makes for rewarding comedy.”
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