Silver Linings Playbook PosterLed by Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Silver Linings Playbook emerged from its TIFF debut as a strong contender in the coming Oscar race, including the coveted Best Picture category.

David O. Russell returns behind the camera following his Oscar-winning film, The Fighter, and following very positive early buzz, The Weinstein Company are opening the film in selected US theatres today, ahead of its full release next Wednesday.

“Pat Solatano has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.”

Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles, Shea Whigham, and Anupam Kher complete the cast nicely, with Russell directing from his own script, having adapted the original novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick.

The film was selected as the Secret Film at the BFI London Film Festival last month, and I was lucky enough to have got a ticket, and was so happy to see Cooper when the lights dimmed, knowing instantly what I was about to see. The film is fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it again.

Silver Linings Playbook is getting a limited release in the US today, 16th November, before opening wide across the US and UK next Wednesday, 21st November, just in time for Thanksgiving. I can’t recommend enough how much you should head out to your local theatre as soon as it arrives near you, this weekend or next week.

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