Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
In October, the novel Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick came out to rave reviews. But before it was even released, the author’s wildest dreams had already come true. Silver Linings Playbook had been optioned to become a movie. We authors dream of our books coming to the screen with super stars like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro portraying our beloved characters.
That’s exactly what happened for Quick. I haven’t read the book yet, but I can attest that the movie is fantastic. It’s already nominated for four Golden Globes: best movie, best actor, best actress and best screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence deserves the Best Actress Oscar buzz she’s getting in New York Magazine.
Lawrence shines as the dark, young crazy widow named Tiffany who works her butt off trying to get the even crazier boy named Pat (Cooper) to notice her. Their mental illnesses are dizzying at first, but their suffering is mixed with compassionate humor. Pat, who has just been released from an institution, tries to get his estranged wife back even though she has a restraining order against him. He’s stuck living with his offbeat parents, and his father (DeNiro) is jobless so he takes up gambling. Other subplots involve the Philadelphia Eagles football team and a dance competition. It’s all in good fun.
I just want to say it again, Lawrence rocks this movie. Just like she did in two other book-to-movie adaptations. She’s, of course, Katniss from The Hunger Games. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for playing a tough country girl named Ree in the movie Winter’s Bone (which was also a critically acclaimed novel).
If you like a little bit of wacky, and you can’t get your husband to take you to Les Miserables (that’s me, sigh), you’ll love Silver Linings Playbook.
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