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Lee's Review: "Silver Linings Playbook"

8:06 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX) - Every cloud has a silver lining - and Pat Solatano is having a pretty hard time finding his. He's been away for eight months due to a vicious altercation he had with his cheating wife's lover.

Now, however, things are different. He's living with his parents, refusing his meds and desperately wants to patch things up with his wife. She has a restraining order against him...but Pat can be pretty determined.

In the meantime, he has met Tiffany Maxwell whose husband was killed in the past year. She's not the most stable type - but neither is he. And the two wind up striking a deal to help one another out.

"Silver Linings Playbook" has a lot of heavy bumps in the road. But there are plenty of light moments as well. Director, David O. Russell, finds a very delicate balance between the two while never discrediting the mental illness at the film's core.

If anything, I was surprised at how some of the other people's issues got so easily overlooked. Pat's father (Robert DeNiro) clearly has a serious gambling problem. His entire system is based upon obsessive-compulsive superstition. But this isn't Pat Senior's story. It's Junior's quest to find a silver lining that will restore order to his life.

I don't know if this movie is for everybody. But I did find it entertaining and unlike anything I've seen in quite a while. It has nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and all four acting categories. Yet, I think it will probably go home with a big bagel come Oscar night. Still, I think this mad love is worth making time for.

By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer

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