Throwback Film Review Thursday: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)


Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday. It was revealed on last weeks episode of The Universally Irrelevant Podcast that I had only seen Silver Linings Playbook once. With it being one of my Dad’s, my co-hosts Zach’s, as well as our editor Jonathan and a former guest on UIP, Ethan’s favorites and Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie Red Sparrow hitting theaters tomorrow I figured now was a great time to do this.

Silver Linings Playbook was released in theaters December 25th, 2012. It was directed by David O. Russell and has an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Jacki Weaver. Between the four of them, there are sixteen Academy Award nominations with three wins. Lawrence with one and DeNiro with two. This movie was nominated for eight Oscars and won one which was Leading Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.


Let’s jump right into this thing. Why have I only watched this once?!? Silver Linings Playbook is about Pat, a man who has been released from a mental institution and moves in with his parents and tries to get back with his ex-wife. Pat then meets Tiffany, a girl with problems of her own, and this leads to one of the funniest and emotionally moving movies I’ve watched in a while.

Very rarely do you watch a movie and feel almost every emotion possible. Silver Linings does just that. From start to finish, you’re attached to Bradley Cooper’s character. From his relationship with his ex-wife to his father played flawlessly by Robert DeNiro, and then eventually to Jennifer Lawerence’s character. The scenes with the psychologist are some of my favorites. We look at Bradley Cooper now as one of the best of this generation and it’s thanks to this movie that we think that.

This movie came out 9 months after the first Hunger Games, and I’m glad it did because this proved that Jennifer Lawrence is so much more than just another teen movie franchise star. She excels as Tiffany, eventually going on to win an Academy Award. Her character was easily my favorite. Her and Bradley Cooper have so much chemistry in this, eventually going on to do 3 more movies together.


I could watch this movie over and over, I will be watching it more often. It’s so rewatchable and that something I really look for in films. The comedy and drama mix perfectly, and sometimes in some movies that really doesn’t work. The soundtrack is killer too, in particular, the use of “What Is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. That song made the scene.

I forgot to mention Chris Tucker. He’s hilarious in this. It’s great to see him in something that isn’t the Rush Hour franchise. DeNiro shows once again why he’s one of the best actors of all time. Jacki Weaver is great as Pat’s Mom. It’s not often you watch a movie and forget you’re watching a movie. That is thanks in part to David O. Russell’s writing and making these characters so realistic. Also, DeSean Jackson is a God and Ernest Hemingway is an asshole.

Grade: A+

I think the reason I never revisited this movie was that I was 18 when I watched it so I didn’t get everything going on in it. I loved this movie on my second watch. I’m happy it was suggested to me for this week’s TBT. Thanks to Zach for letting me borrow his Blu Ray of this. Next weeks is going to be a baseball movie, which one I haven’t decided yet.

Thanks again for reading and supporting Blue Ridge Report.

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