Over dinner with his loyal friend Ronnie (John Ortiz) and Ronnie's chilly wife Veronica (Julia Stiles), Pat has an outrageous first encounter with Veronica's younger sister Tiffany (Lawrence), a depressive widow who recently got fired from her job because she literally slept with everyone there.
Pat and Tiffany soon are comparing prescription drug preferences, swapping blunt, wildly inappropriate observations and exchanging sharply witty barbs with the aplomb of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story.”
Like an adorable pewee football squad, Russell's film careens cutely and chaotically from Pat's scary middle-of-the-night meltdown, stunningly scored to Led Zeppelin's “What Is and What Should Never Be,” to their doe-eyed bonding over training for a dance competition, inspired by “Singin' in the Rain” clips and coaching from Pat's therapy buddy Danny (Chris Tucker, refreshingly low-key).
Although the story sometimes drags and the predictable rom-com ending feels too pat, “Silver Linings Playbook” scores some intriguing insights into what mental illnesses we consider socially acceptable — Pat Sr.'s football superstitions are the stuff of beer commercials, while his son's violent knee-jerk response to his wedding song would provoke most sensible people to call the cops — thanks to championship-caliber performances.
— Brandy McDonnell
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‘Silver Linings Playbook'
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker.
(Language and some sexual content/nudity)