I don’t know if it’s fair to describe 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook as a rom-com; it is a movie that is hard to pigeon-hole but rom-com, albeit unconventional rom-com, might be the best description. Nonetheless, as someone who has a pathological aversion to rom-coms, I have always enjoyed this movie so it might be best to leave it without a label.
A movie which centres on a character with bipolar disorder who is obsessed with his ex-wife doesn’t necessarily sound like a winning formula, and in lesser hands it could well have been a disaster. Instead David O’Russell managed to write and direct a movie that was lauded by critics and received a fair number of accolades. It probably didn’t hurt that he managed to assemble a pretty stellar cast who all seem to be on fine form throughout.
Score for Christmasishness
While the whole movie doesn’t take place at Christmas, it is where the movie conclude. It isn’t necessarily essential to the plot but it does feel appropriate. And I feel that any movie with a heart-warming denouement that has a festive backdrop deserves a high rating for Christmasishness.
I don’t think Santa is bipolar as he only has an arctic residence.
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An ice-cold assessment that’s hard to argue with.