This weekend we went to see a movie that we normally would have avoided, Silver Linings Playbook. A friend who has reliable taste in movies recommended it and we quite enjoyed ourselves. An upbeat film about mentally disturbed folks! Actually, I think the subtext of the movie is that anyone who is a Philadelphia Eagles fan is mentally disturbed (but then, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia).
The movie is about a young man (Bradley Cooper) who is released to his mother, against doctors' advice, after an eight month commitment in a mental hospital due to a breakdown and a violent incident and his attempts to reconstruct his life. While there are some implausible plot points the film is a nice mix of serious material and humor and the movie gets funnier as it goes along.
Excellent cast. Cooper, who I've always thought of as a comic actor does a good job in the lead. Robert DeNiro plays his father and for the first time in years he actually turns in a nuanced performance. Jennifer Lawrence, who I'd never seen before, is absolutely terrific and Chris Tucker, who disappeared for a couple of years, does a very nice job as Brad's fellow mental patient.