MFAH | SAT NOV 10 | 7:30 PM
Director: David O. Russell
Cinematographer: Masanobu Takayanagi
Screenwriter: David O. Russell
Editor: Jay Cassidy
Composer: Danny Elfman
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Running time: 120 min.
Based on Matthew Quick’s novel, Silver Linings Playbook is a smart and hilarious offering from the unconventional and talented David O. Russell, director of Three Kings and The Fighter.
In the film, Pat, played with sincerity and nuance by Bradley Cooper, suffers a personal and professional meltdown, landing him in a state mental institution for eight months. Released and living back at his parents’ home without a job, wife or life, he starts over with their help and that of an attractive yet very strange neighbor, played brilliantly by Jennifer Lawrence.
Already being hailed for multiple Oscar-worthy performances, the film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. David O. Russell has once again created an awkward, heartfelt and daring world where his characters can shine. He draws great performances from his stars, according to the Hollywood Reporter: “Cooper brings enormous heart to a role that easily might have veered toward the abrasive, and Lawrence shows off natural comic chops that we haven’t seen much from her. There’s self-exposure and risk in both these actors’ work here, which makes for rewarding comedy.”