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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
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 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

3 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4 stars

Silver Linings Playbook is the best romantic comedy I've seen in a long time, mostly because of how fresh it is and the excellent performances & chemistry among the cast. Most, if not all romantic comedies are predictable, but Silver Linings Playbook kept me on my toes throughout. I had no idea what was going to happen next until the very, very end when it becomes obvious. The characters are all wacky, chaotic, but feel real. They all have problems and are really easy to connect with. David O. Russell could have overdone it with the mental illness angle of the film, but he juggles it perfectly. The cast is excellent. I've never been impressed by Bradley Cooper, but he was so good in this. Completely changes my perspective on him. We already knew how good Jennifer Lawrence is, so I was more looking to see if he could keep up. By the end, I thought everyone was trying to keep up with him. That's not to say that everyone else wasn't up to par, because they absolutely were, but I thought his performance was the most impressive. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper also have great chemistry together. You never question their feelings towards each other. Robert De Niro gives a memorable supporting performance as the father with OCD while the rest of the supporting cast is full of actors just having fun from Jackie Weaver even to Chris Tucker in his first non-Rush Hour role in about 10 years. Anyone who likes a good romantic comedy with serious characters and situations rather than fairy tales should absolutely watch this film.

- jlewis07, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

4 stars

Flixster states that "Silver Linings Playbook"'s genre is comedy. You sure? Let me break it down for you: "Silver Linings Playbook" is essentially two different movies put into one. The first part is a very convincing heartbreaking drama with two very troubled individuals (Bradley Cooper as Pat and Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany) with very troubling pasts. These pasts have left these people so scarred that the pain has managed to physically manifest into real-world mental diseases. Furthermore, Pat and Tiffany try to find their healing and place in a world that doesn't seem to have enough room for their problems. It's a raw, real, and a shocking and personal look into these character's lives. I take that back -- characters they're not; these characters are people. That's how effective "Silver Linings Playbook"'s storytelling is. High praises to the writer and director for portraying such eccentric characters in such a realistic, non-Hollywoodized manner that is both stylish and entertaining to watch unfold. In other words, this ain't a one-dimensional characterized movie like "Spider-Man" was with its characters. But perhaps what is the most commendable part about this first part of the movie is how it's directed to a close perfection as the pacing flows with no uneven steps. As these characters try to re-Cooper-ate (sorry, too easy) and find their placing in the world, essentially the second part of the film unfolds seamlessly into a romance. Uh oh. From a dark, raw drama to a romance? This may turn out to be like Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" (Watch it if you haven't seen it. Incredible first 2 acts with a jarringly horrible 3rd act that almost destroyed the integrity of the movie.). I proudly proclaim "Silver Linings" doesn't fall into that pit. Still doesn't mean that the second half is identical to the first. This part of the film doesn't dodge and weave around cliche's like the first half did, but by now, the film has grasped your attention so vigorously that you're ready for whatever the film will throw at you. And it's not even like "Silver Linings" had such a convincing first half that even if the second half was dreadfully awful, that you would be thoroughly enjoyed. The same level of craftsmanship that was poured out into the first half is found in the second, just that it might not be as unique as the first half. But hey, what a romance it is. You're gonna find cliche's, but it's just too entertaining, and it's not even like the cliche's were rampant. But what made the romance so unique from the rest of the pact is how it was fueled by the realistic emotions for the characters, not by invoking warm-fuzzy feelings to audiences so that it makes them giggle like a school-girl. So by now I could see how with romance, there could be comedy injected in, and there was, but not enough to solidly claim it as a rom-com; this is a drama with romance. Just because "The Dark Knight" had a few chuckles here and there, you wouldn't call it a comedy, would you? Yeah, I thought so. That's all that "Silver Linings Playbook had -- chuckles. As a full package, "Silver Linings Playbook" has it all: incredible performances (De Niro's best role in yeeeeeeeeeeears), entertaining dialogue, superb directing and editing, and a narrative that is all but average. From beginning to end, first half to second half, the film is an enthralling motion picture due to the impeccably told narrative. "Silver Linings Playbook" is this year's "Slumdog Millionaire".

- fb1463751009, Friday, April 5, 2013