Based off the book of the same name, Silver Linings Playbook is my all time favorite movie, and one of the few movies that has ever hit me on a deep and emotional level. Silver Linings stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both agreed to do this for very little money because they loved it so much! Silver linings follows Pat (Bradley Cooper), and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Both have multiple severe mental illnesses, and are at a constant struggle every single day. Pat, after having a break down from his wife cheating on him, went to a psych ward. The movie starts as soon as he is released, having a new outlook on life and a Two goals; To get his wife back, and find a silver lining to everything. That’s where Tiffany comes in! Tiffany recently lost her husband in a car accident that she blames her self for, and than lost her job for “sleeping with everyone in the office”. Tiffany agrees to send letters from Pat to his Ex, if he helps her win a dance competition. To me, this movie is simply brilliant. It takes mental illnesses and people who have suffered tragedies, turning it into a very real and beautiful love story with characters most films are afraid to use. I understand there are a few scenes that make people uncomfortable, but those are all very real and because of that, uncomfortable. Silver linings also features big names, that really add to the movie, including Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker. De Niro takes a role you wouldn’t expect him to ever play and nails it, escalating the movie even more. Tucker has a small role, but brings life to the few scenes he is in. In the end Silver Linings, though unconventional and difficult to watch at times, is a very real and beautiful movie. I highly recommend it.
I probably will not being doing a review of the movie adaptation, seeing as it is my favorite movie, but because of this I HAD to read the book. I saw Silver Linings playbook when it first came out and it has been my favorite movie ever since, I then found out it was a book and it has taken me forever to find it. I recently got my hands on it at a library and I could not put this book down. I am well sleep deprived writing this review because of this book! The Silver Linings Playbook is about Pat Peoples and his struggle with coping with reality after being in a mental institution after something happened with his wife. He then befriends Tiffany, a woman who lost her husband and is also a little bit screwed up in her head because of it. You find out early on that Pat is a very unreliable narrator. I absolutely love the way he tells the story, it’s like peaking inside someones head that is crazy, it’s almost child like. Tiffany, though I wish was more vocal and fleshed out, is great too. I understand why she was made to be quite and less dialogue based but I still wish I could see more of her. For me though my favorite characters were his brother Jake, and his therapist Cliff. Now I don’t want to delve too deep into this novel, because there is so much you can spoil having an unreliable narrator. All I will say is that this is not a romance novel, at least not your normal romance novel. It is about Pat getting over his mental illness, and his journey. Also I notice a lot of people complaining there is a lot more football in this than the movie, ya its called The Silver Linings PLAYBOOK. I would recommend this book to nearly anyone, it is not your average read and you are in for a roller coaster. I loved it.