After a stint in a mental hospital, a former teacher returns home to live with his parents, but his newfound connection with a girl in the neighborhood with mental problems of her own threatens to unravel his recovery.
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Easily dismissible as award season fodder, David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is a brilliantly constructed romantic comedy that is free of the genre’s typical gimmickry… De Niro especially delivers a near-perfect performance as a Philly patriarch with anger management issues, and his comedic timing is so impressive that this one performance will elicit forgiveness for several years worth of poor role choices.
As a film about people processing pain and grappling with illness, Silver Linings Playbook is less insightful (and more convoluted) than an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, and, as a romance, it’s shrill and aggressive.