I love to champion little movies and “Silver Linings Playbook” feels like one to me. And even though it garnered eight Oscar nominations I still maintain it’s just a little movie that was in the right place at the right time.
I am also fond of movies with flawed characters and this is full of them. Pat, a man recently released from a mental institution and off his meds, is determined to restore his broken marriage. Pat Sr. the OCD father, recently laid off and working as a bookie, loves his son, but is confounded by him. Tiffany is a wacky neighborhood girl trying to use dance to regain control of her life. And finally Dolores is the optimistic but misguided mother trying to hold back the tide of crazy household drama using only her sweetness and charm.
I could try and convince you this is a really good movie, but in the end it’s just funny, sweet, and like most I really like it. Be warned: If you deal with the emotionally challenged on a regular basis you might not find it amusing.
Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity. [rating=4].