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Hello all, welcome back to The Tagline! Over the weekend I found out that my nearby theater was screening Silver Linings Playbook, which previously I'd have had to see at the art cinema (for more money than I wanted to spend). I was thrilled and so immediately set off to the movies! Silver Linings Playbook (based on a novel of the same name) stars Bradley Cooper as Bipolar Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper doing something that isn't making a Hangover movie, which is nice) who at the beginning of the movie is in a mental institution. His mother, at the protest of the doctors, arranges for Pat to leave the institution early, coming back home to live with her and Pat's also pretty crazy dad Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro), to try and get his life back together. We find out that Pat was in the joint because he walked in on his wife Nikki and a teacher from her school (an old dude at that) naked together in the shower, with Pat and Nikki's wedding song playing on a stereo. Pat reacted... badly, and beat the guy within an inch of his life, and had a wildly psychotic break. One can hardly blame him, given the circumstances, but it becomes readily apparent very quickly that Pat is not okay. His rambling speech, and outlandish delusions are clearly those of a bipolar if you've ever known a person with that range of disorders, and I thought it was good that they portray mental illness in a way that is not exaggerated or insulting. Pat's actions are meant to be amusing at times, but his illness is not.
|Dancing is dumb. Wearing a garbage bag is cool.|
|Jennifer Lawrence explodes at Julia Stiles. Who can blame her?|
|Chris Tucker guest stars as a recovering drug addict.|
It goes without saying that this movie is doing well. It's already more than tripled its 21 million dollar budget, and it is still in theaters. As I mentioned, it was previously only playing nearby at the art cinema (which I am fortunate to live near) but now it looks like critical acclaim and popular success have scored this film a wider release. If you get the chance, you should try and see it, I think you'll enjoy it!
That's all for today folks, I'll see you on Thursday, maybe asking questions about the Lorax. Excelsior!