The Silver Linings Playbook

by midlifecrisisqueen on January 3, 2013

Thought I was going to love this movie, between the great reviews, my semi-crush on Bradley Cooper, and my desire to find silver linings in misfortune.

Unfortunately I was terribly DISAPPOINTED!  Perhaps I am the only person left on the planet who does not find mental illness funny.

Roger Ebert, who I usually agree with, called this film charming and “a screwy new comedy.”  If you find it humorous to see a bipolar patient slap his mom and dad around a bit, wake them at all hours with his compulsive tendencies, and a young woman who deals with the death of her husband by screwing every person in her office, than I have the movie for you.

I rarely feel like leaving the theater during a movie, but this one tempted me numerous times.  In retrospect, I wish I had.  The film left me feeling truly irritated, even with the feel good ending tacked on.

And it does worry me that so many Americans found this film to be light entertainment.  Bipolar isn’t my version of comedy relief.

I would only add that the character Tiffany, played by the 2010 Oscar nominee (for her leading role in Winter’s Bone) Jennifer Lawrence, is fantastic in this film!  I was too irritated by the role Bradley Cooper was playing to enjoy him at all.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Dolgen January 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I haven’t seen the movie, but I did enjoy reading this none the less :>)

Jane Gassner January 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Laura Lee,
I’m reading an article in the NYTimes about how writers rethink for screenplay format and I saw this: David Russell, the writer and director of “Silver Linings Playbook” had a strong connection to the emotional instability portrayed in the book. it had an instant, personal appeal for him because his son has some of the same behavioral issues. He “wanted to make a film that reflected his experience, in its difficult and hopeful moments.” Does that change at all your negative take on the movie?

midlifecrisisqueen January 4, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thanks for your comment Jane!
Nothing anyone can say or write about this film will change my own gut reaction to it, because one of the most important lessons I have learned in my life is to pay close attention to my gut reactions. Mental illness effects so many of our lives. I am not alone in this. How we react and work with this fact is important to our quality of life, and those we love. Laughing at it is not my cup of tea.

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