The Gist: Pat has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and institutionalized after beating up his wife's lover when he caught them cheating on him. Now back home with his parents, he would like to get his old life back, but his ex-wife, whom he still loves, got a restraining order against him. One day, he meets Tiffany, recently widowed, who turns out to know Pat's ex-wife. In return for delivering a letter from Pat to his ex-wife, Tiffany asks him to train with her for an upcoming dance competition she's determined to win. During the training sessions, Pat and Tiffany get to know one another and start getting closer.
Directed by David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook won Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence her first Best Actress Oscar and established her as Russell's muse.
Lawrence is paired with super-handsome Bradley Cooper and they display a lot of chemistry onscreen. In fact, they have again worked together afterwards with very good results.
The Bottom Line: Silver Linings Playbook is a good comedy with a very well written screenplay (by Russell himself) and flawless performances, among which there's also a small part for Robert De Niro.