Silver Linings Playbook is the latest picture directed by David O. Russell, whose only other work I have seen is The Fighter (2010). Basic plot synopsis? Pat (Cooper) has just come out from a mental institution after beating his wife's lover half to death. He has bi-polar, and the film follows him on his journey, learning to overcome the incident with his wife, his condition, and through that win her back. During this period he is living with his parents (De Niro and Jacki Weaver) and along his journey, he makes friends with Tiffany (Lawrence) who is also trying to work through personal issues. The two form a friendship and work together to help each other conquer their respective psychoses and recent traumas.
Aside from Cooper, Lawrence, and De Niro, the entire cast of this picture all contribute to the overall good-feel of the film. Each one executes their lines and part with flawless precision and effect. One other thing that I really liked about this picture was its score. Danny Elfman has composed quite an unusual score from his other work. It has a modern sound that meanders from up-tempo to melancholy and ambient, wonderfully mirroring the rises and falls of its protagonist. Like the film it has a relaxing feel that is motivational and yet calming at the same time.
My rating: 8/10 - a very good film.