By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos: Scenes from “Silver Linings Playbook”)
Are you seeking a silver lining for your life?
Most films during the golden age of movies had silver lining-style stories.
Everything worked out for the characters in those happy films but in real life that does not always happen.
Finally there is a film with the feeling of hope. David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook shines a bright light on the lives of a mentally ill man and woman.
When two troubled people meet can they find happiness?
Patrizio Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) and Academy Award winner for Best Actress Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence) led happy lives until they each suffered traumatic experiences.
Pat’s tranquil life was suddenly changed when he came home one day from teaching high school to find his wife in the shower with another man.
Pat’s shock turned to anger and his emotions were out of control.
Following Pat’s violent reactions, he was sent to a mental hospital for eight months.
Pat told his psychiatrist. “I feel I am ready to be discharged. I am motivated and not angry all the time.”
During Pat’s hospitalization, he made friends with another patient, Danny (Chris Tucker).
After Pat was discharged, he went to see Danny and met Tiffany.
Tiffany’s husband passed away she became a sex addict. Tiffany sought love from every man she met to make up for the love she lost. This was her escape.
Each person faces their traumas differently.
This is a romantic comedy with a heart, real people in real life situations.
Pat sincerely hated his illness and although he wanted to control his temper, there were times when his sudden anger caused trouble.
One night, at 4 a.m., Pat was reading a book about Ernest Hemmingway and suddenly walked into his parent’s bedroom yelling, “Can’t somebody say let’s have a good ending to the story?”
This reflected his struggle for happiness and his own wish for a happy ending.
At first Tiffany stalked Pat then they became friends. Pat described their relationship, “We are friends with a capital F. I’m my best self and she is her best self.”
He progressed from uncontrollable bouts of anger to a feeling of restored happiness.
Both Pat and his father (Robert De Niro) suffered from bipolar disorders.
The plot followed Pat and Tiffany’s preparations for a dance contest while the sub plot focused on his father’s gambling compulsion.
Alternating scenes from both stories Dinero gave Pat good advice. “When life reaches out it is a sin if you don’t reach out. You have to do everything you can and if you stay positive you have a shot at a silver lining.”
(Silver Lining has some Sexual Content/Nudity and Language)
Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health journalist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974.