It has been 32 years since a movie has had oscar nominations in each of the 4 acting categories and after watching this particular film I understand why. Nominated for 8 oscars including best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, adapted screenplay, director and movie Silver Linings Playbook is a fine little film.
With a Screenplay (based on a novel by Matthew Quick) and Directed by David O. Russell at the center of this story is a family, a family like many others, to which life has thrown at them a few dilemmas. In this case when Pat Sr. and Dolores played by Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver adult son Pat played by Bradley Cooper (yes Hangover's Bradley Cooper) after a stay at a mental institution returns home. His life is then turned upside down (in a good way) when Tiffany played by Jennifer Lawrence, who has recently lost her husband to a accident and been fired from her job for "bad behavior" enters the picture.
Silver Linings Playbook is ALL about its main characters. These 4 people who are thrown together and now must work with each other to pick up the pieces of their lives and figure out how to move on. Each of the actors portrays a person who just may be someone the viewer may know. Heck they may not be the most stable person in your life, for example one night your son might wake you and the whole neighborhood up while frantically searching for his wedding video. Then the next week your husband gambles your entire life savings on one football game! If any of this does happen you, as their friend or family should do the right thing and give them a helping hand and together you just may dance your way to your own little victory.
Now here is where I should admit that I was debating on whether or not I should spend time and money to see this film and only did because of the 4 acting nominations but now that I've seen it I am happy I did. There are no special effects, no big locations (just some neighborhoods in Pennsylvania), no elaborate costumes (a certain football jersey does play a small role) and a tone down, impressive Chris Tucker as Danny (a fellow patient of Pat's) makes this the perfect date night flick. So find someone to love and go see Silver Linings Playbook.