Writer-director David O Russell is destined for awards glory with this quirky romance about an emotionally bruised thirty-something struggling to piece his life together after the ultimate betrayal.
No one is immune from an impromptu pummelling - certainly not school teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who returns home to discover his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) in the shower with another member of the faculty.
He batters his wife’s lover to a bloody pulp and is banished to a psychiatric facility for eight months as part of his plea bargain.
Pat emerges with a firmer grip on his bipolar disorder and mood swings - or so he thinks.
He returns home to Philadelphia to live to with his father Pat Sr (Robert De Niro) and mother Dolores (Jacki Weaver), who want their boy to find some stability.
Best friend Ronnie (John Ortiz), whose marriage to wife Veronica (Julia Stiles) has more downs than ups (“I’m not OK. Don’t tell anyone”), introduces Pat to his sister-in-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence).
She’s a young widow who reacted to her husband’s death by sleeping with all of her co-workers.
Silver Linings Playbook is a delight, harking back to adorably quirky and sweet comedies from director Russell’s early years, such as Spanking The Monkey and Flirting With Disaster.
Molten screen chemistry between the leads and zinging one-liners ensure the film never drags its heels, even in the climactic dance-off that cha-chas rather too willingly to the beat of rom-com convention.