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.