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  Silver Linings Playbook

comedy, drama

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards. An unexpected bond forms between a formerly institutionalized man (Bradley Cooper) and a woman recovering from her own tragedy (Jennifer Lawrence).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 16
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Offbeat dramedy mixes light and dark; some intense moments.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Silver Linings Playbook is an offbeat, affecting dramedy with many comedic moments and one-liners, the story it's telling is really quite dark: It's about two people hampered by mental illness and despondence, respectively, who try to claw their way back to a semblance of normalcy and happiness. It's a romantic film in many ways, as well as a study on dysfunctional families and what makes them work in their own strange (and sometimes uncomfortable) ways. There are references to sex, violence, and gambling, as well as some upsetting scenes in which a character's anger bursts out of control, sometimes leading to physical confrontations (including one in which he knocks his mother down and ends up in a fight with his father). Flashbacks include glimpses of a bloody beating and a naked couple in a shower; there's frequent swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more) and some social drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays mental illness. Does it cast a positive or negative light on the mentally ill? How does it compare to other movies and TV shows you've seen on the topic?
  • Is this film a romantic comedy? Why or why not? How does it turn the genre on its head?
  • Talk about Pat's breakdown and return to his family. Is his re-entry into regular life believable? Why does his family put up with his eccentricities?
  • Are the characters admirable? Are they meant to be?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a rom-com that succeeds in revitalizing that discredited genre where so many others have failed, injecting it with the grit and emotion of realist drama rather than with amped-up whimsy or social satire or montages of people walking on the beach.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, January 4, 2013

Fresh: For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, "Silver Linings Playbook" is compulsively watchable.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fresh: Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks.

- Bob Mondello,, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Phenomenally acted twist on the seemingly dead rom-com genre. SLP manages to inject a healthy dose of realism and emotion into a genre that typically has very flat characters. It also generates discussion regarding the topic of mental health issues and how this is currently handled in our society, where discussion is long overdue.

- fb634552688, Sunday, May 5, 2013

4 stars

First time first I must say that I hate you David O'Russell for making a movie that not only full with great performances from its cast with a great story, but also make the drama light enough to be called as romantic-comedy and open up the possibilities of being liked by a lot more people.. The plot is simple, it is a family movie that tells stories about hope, love, and chances but the script just made this movie more and more entertaining to be watched.. Jennifer Lawrence's performance describe it all with her Oscar that she received from this movie, she's really flawless especially with the help of her other movies 'The Hunger Games' that also released in 2012.. Bradley Cooper, I just can't realized he can turned his performance to be an A-class Hollywood actor when the first time I know him I thought he'll trapped in a lot of comedy movie (Silver Linings is a comedy movie too, but different from his other previous movies).. Robert De Niro I guess there's no need to doubt his acting, while Jackie Weaver completed the performance with her 2nd nominated Oscar performance in the last 3 years.. Overall, it's a great family movie with a great performances from the cast and great story too..

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, March 16, 2013

3 stars

"Silver Linings Playbook" is an above average movie, which leaves viewers happy, and delivers a clear message. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give great performances, and the plot is original for most of the movie, but delivers a predictable and somewhat cliche ending. Grade: B

- fb840810656, Monday, February 25, 2013