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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.


What this movie is about?: The worst parts of ourselves or our lives don't by themselves define us. It is our reactions to those that give us our possible "silver linings". Two people through their broke-ness, find solace in each other.


Best Performance: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Minor Performance: David O. Russell's screenplay/Jacki Weaver

Most Charismatic Award: Bradley Cooper or Chris Tucker

Best Scene: Pat's manic search for his wedding video/the parlay

Favorite Scene: Excelsior is the State Motto of New York/Leading up to the dance


Best Line: "I was a slut. There will always be a part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself. I can forgive. Can you say the same for yourself, fucker? Can you forgive? Are you capable of that?" - Tiffany


Honorable Mention:

"Let me tell you, I know you don't want to listen to your father, I didn't listen to mine, and I am telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it's a sin if you don't reach back, I'm telling you its a sin if you don't reach back! It'll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. You're facing a big challenge in your life right now at this very moment, right here. That girl loves you she really really loves you. I don't know if Nicki ever did, but she sure as shit doesn't right now. So don't fuck this up." - Pat Sr.


Funniest Lines:

Pat Solitano: I ordered raisin bran because I don't want it to look like a date.

Tiffany: It can still be a date if you order raisin bran.


Pat: You look nice.

Tiffany: Thank you.

Pat: Oh, I'm not flirting with you.

Tiffany: Oh, I didn't think you were.

Pat: I just see that you made an effort, and I'm gonna be better with my wife. I'm working on that. I wanna acknowledge her beauty. I never used to do that. I do now. Just practicing. How'd Tommy die?


Most Indelible Moment: The ending


The Stanley Rubric

Legacy: 5.5

Impact/Significance: 6

Novelty: 7.5

Classic-ness: 7.5

Rewatchability: 7.5

Audience Score: 8.6

Total: 42.6


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Supporting Actor and Actress, and Won for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence)


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