Silver Linings Playbook

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Silver Linings Playbook

JOY REVIEW

Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.  It also has the wonderful Jacki Weaver in it and Robert De Niro as Bradley Cooper’s parents.  The deal here is that Bradley Cooper has been hospitalized and his mother comes to get him out and you find out through the movie that he is not only manic-depressive bi-polar, so he has giant mood swings and is somewhat violent, but also has inherited his bookie father’s obsessive compulsive disorder.  He is also pining for his wife who has left him and has a restraining order in place.  During a dinner party one of his best friends throws, the great John Ortiz, he has no ability to censor his own thoughts and meets Jennifer Lawrence and they compare medications and hospitalization experiences.  As a psychologist, I feel there will be some issues.  Even though the movie doesn’t play mental illness for laughs, the audience laughs somewhat inappropriately at times, and the therapist in this is incompetent, but I guess at least they’re not a murderer.  The therapist thinks that dancing can cure mood disorders, and that’s a bit disingenuous, but it does explore the idea that any particular mental illness has many different components to it including heredity, genetic material, hospitalization, medication, but also a willingness of the patient to decide to make their lives better in spite of all this help.  It’s an ending that everyone will like and it’s just very well done and very well acted with two actors who actually seem to have some chemistry, so I give it four stars.

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