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SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK REVIEW
BY LOREN RECCHI

Silver Linings Playbook is an intriguing, captive and emotional film which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a well written and directed story which finds its charm tackling big issues including mental illness and the publicly portrayed stereotypes associated. Both the main actors, Pat (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover Sequel) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games), hold the audience on the edge of their seats as their brilliance shines through their troubled characters. The characters pushed these experienced actors to their limits as they embodied personalities with separate mental illnesses.

Additionally, negative connotations related to mental illness in the 21st century were prominent including public ignorance and disapproval, family disruption and personal struggles. This film surpassed boundaries around mental illness and will the help of amazing actors such as Jackie Weaver (Pat’s Mother) and Robert De Niro (Pat’s Father), provided an illustration of family life burdened, or in this case, sometimes enriched with mental illness which is rarely seen in Hollywood.

The film follows the journey of Pat as he seeks to reunite with his wife (who has a restraining order against him), get his old job back and return to his previous life while struggling with a bipolar disorder. It begins a few days before he is getting released from Baltimore Mental Health Facility which has similar characteristics as a prison. We later find that Pat was admitted to Baltimore for almost murdering his wife’s lover after walking in on her having an affair resulting in an uncontrollable bipolar outburst.

After a few negative events at home between Pat and his parents, he meets with Tiffany who has many problems herself. Moments which make you sit at the end of your seat, laugh and hold your breath soon follow with one main theme; Pat’s determination to always find a ‘Silver Lining’. Without ruining the plot, Tiffany and Pat have their ups and downs, laughs and struggles. Their crazy friend/love story beneath the heated issue of mental illness was my favourite part as it resembles the intricate struggles of being and falling in love.

Overall, Silver Linings Playbook is a brilliant film which is, in my opinion, suited best to the ages 15 and over. It is definitely an inspirational film which I could watch again with family and friends or alone after a long tedious day.

Levelling up – Love, Loren x

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