Can a man with a bipolar condition, recently released from a mental institution after assaulting his ex-wife’s lover ever find love? Maybe if he meets someone as unstable as himself….
So is the premise behind the film Silver Linings Playbook. The main character Pat Solatano, played by Bradley Cooper, has had a tough time getting back on his feet. After losing his job, his wife and his sanity temporarily he had to move back in with his parents. Making every effort to straighten out his life and reunite with his estranged wife, he remains determined to see the silver linings in the dark clouds that surround him.
But Pat’s not the only one in this movie wrestling with demons. Pat’s father (Robert De Niro) struggles with a gambling addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder and is extremely superstitious. Pat’s best friend, Ronnie, while appearing to have his life together, has a domineering wife and suffers from low self-esteem.
And then there is Tiffany, Ronnie’s sister-in-law. At first glance she seems to be craziest of the bunch. After the death of her husband, she begins to sleep with just about every guy from her office. Obsessed with competing in a ballroom dance competition even though she absolutely has no training, she convinces Pat to practice and perform with her. In return she promises to help Pat win back his ex-wife.
Centered on the blossoming relationship between these two challenged individuals, the movie reaches its ultimate climax with the most hilarious ballroom dance scene in movie history.
Rich in interesting characters, Silver Lining Playbook is a well-crafted, entertaining comedy revealing just how flawed all us humans really are.