It’s the first film in years to earn a nomination in each of the four acting categories – Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, and Supporting Actress for Jacki Weaver – and it’s no surprise that it’s been a success for The Weinstein Company at the box office as well.
Released in the US just over two months ago, it’s continuing its impressive run in the States, and is predicted to break into the top 5 at theatres this weekend, which is a very nice feat for a film that’s been out for two months.
“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.”
Starring alongside Cooper, Lawrence, De Niro, and Weaver is an excellent cast, headed up by Chris Tucker, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles, Shea Whigham, and Anupam Kher.
Russell is directing from his own script, which has earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, with the film based on the original novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick.
Silver Linings Playbook is currently on wide release in the US, and is still playing in a handful of theatres here in the UK. For now, here’s the latest featurette, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, giving you an idea of why the film has been so talked-about and decorated in recent weeks and months.