What do you do when everyone around you seems a little crazier than you?
Well, you can always do what Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did in the comically-touching "Silver Linings Playbook".
"Silver Linings" is a quality film about a man diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, who learns how to cope with life by finding himself.
Cooper stars as Pat, in this funny yet insightful peek into the world of mental illness which proves that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
Let's take a closer look as we Unhinge "SLP".
To begin, I must say that David Russell did
an excellent job of depicting mental illness as another color within the rainbow of life. Far too often movies containing a mental illness focus on only the most extreme or severe symptoms that one may exhibit for dramatic effect and audience appeal. The problem with this ideology is that it perpetuates negative beliefs and stigma that hinder people experiencing a mental health issue from seeking help. So with Russell's offering, I'm pleased to see his thoughtful and informed approach to making this quality film.
Now as for the film, Pat(Cooper) is a man that experienced a psychotic break when coming home to find his wife putting more than cookies in her oven. So like most people, it sends him for a loop and he makes his best effort to untangle this loop during a stay at a hospital. He gets released from the hospital only to go home and find that everyone and everything around him is quite possibly a little more neurotic than he has ever been. This is until he bumps into the beautiful, Jennifer Lawrence(Tiffany), a woman well-versed in Seroquel that challenges his core beliefs. Together, Pat and Tiffany both find that sometimes in life the best medicine is only a breath away.
Robert De Niro also stars in this funny film as Pat's father, Patrizio, a man whose obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles could very well get him a diagnosis in the DSM-V. Chris Tucker also makes a few small appearances in the film as Danny, a quick-tongued peer that Pat met during his stay in the hospital. This film has quite a few laughs, but it also show the benefits of adhering to psychiatric advice such as "Taking medications" as prescribed each and every day. Not speaking to anyone in particular, but if the doc says "Take the meds" please take the meds. Far too many people don't realize the impact not taking medications has one's day to day on-goings.
I could really sit here and talk about all the mental health references in the movie, but I will let you experience some of those for yourselves. Although, I will shed some light on Ms. Jennifer Lawrence's performance in the film. She did an amazing job of totally owning her character, by breathing vibrant life and depth into a supporting role. Her efforts were also noticed by critics in the film world, as she has won several awards for her captivating performance. This young actress is definitely one that we'll be watching for many years to come for her versatility and ability to be unique in a movie with so many other established names.
In conclusion, Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for those that enjoy a little Lithium with their comedy or for those that like a good drama with a few laughs.
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