Silver Linings Playbook romantic, thought provoking

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 If you are looking for a film to take your significant other to that is both romantic as well as thought provoking, then go see Silver Linings Playbook, a movie that has been nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Pat (Bradley Cooper) has just been released from a mental hospital after suffering a breakdown when he discovered his wife (Julia Stiles) having an affair. Pat moves in with his parents Pat Sr. (Robert DeNiro), and Dolores (Jacki Weaver) and tries to get his life and his marriage back on track. Things do not go well for Pat until he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who has suffered her own mental health issues after the death of her husband. Tiffany convinces Pat to enter a dance competition with her and with the help of Pat’s friend Danny (Chris Tucker) they begin to prepare for the competition while trying to deal with their own unique problems.

I took my wife to see this film and we both thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There are some humorous and romantic moments, but there are also some very dramatic scenes that showed the difficulty the parents had with trying to help their son at the same time as dealing with their own problems.

All four of the main actors in this film (Cooper, Lawrence, Weaver and DeNiro) have received Oscar nominations for their performance, and it is rare to see the entire cast acknowledged in such a fashion. It’s interesting that Anne Hathaway was originally cast to play Tiffany but had to back away from this role due to scheduling conflicts and she ended up being nominated anyway for Les Miserables.

David O. Russell has received an Oscar nomination for his direction and adapting the screenplay from the novel by Matthew Quick. This is the second year in a row that Russell has received an Oscar nomination for directing, last year it was for The Fighter.

Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.