Silver Linings Playbook


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When stars put on their no-make-up, serious faces to play characters with mental illness, you can’t help getting a bit cynical. They might as well tattoo ‘Nominate me for Best Actor, pretty please,’ on their foreheads.
In David O Russell’s new comedy, two of Hollywood’s new favourite actors, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, have recently suffered breakdowns. Oh, and they bond via the medium of modern dance. Sounds like a textbook case of actors rattling the worthy tin for prizes? Funnily enough, not this time. The movie zips along on its offbeat energy and fast-paced wisecracking script.

It’s undemanding, but funny, honest even, about mental health without being patronising (most of the time) and best of all, it’s brilliantly acted – Cooper proves there’s more to him than flashy good looks. As for Lawrence, she acts every role like there’s a soulful storm raging inside of her. If awards glory comes the way of this pair, it will be deserved.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Silver Linings Playbook

  • Duration: 122
  • Released: Thu, 22 Nov
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham

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