‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Trailer #2: Bradley Cooper Attempts to Get His Life Back

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook is riding a wave of positive buzz, following its People’s Choice Award win at the Toronto International Film Festival. The new trailer dives into protagonist Pat Solitano’s (Bradley Cooper) misconceived attempt to reintegrate himself into everyday life and reconcile with his unfaithful wife (Brea Bree) after spending eight months in a state institution.

Mark Wahlberg as Mickey Ward in Russell’s The Fighter was the calm center at the heart of the stormy Ward clan, which was a refreshingly non-sugar coated representation of lower-class America. Pat, by comparison, is a source of trouble for his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver); though, the Solitanos still look and feel as authentic as the Wards, bringing order to their chaotic lives through an affection for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The trailers for Silver Linings Playbook tease Pat’s dysfunctional antics, such as a 4 a.m. rant about the conclusion to A Farewell to Arms. It’s a funny scene working on two levels of symbolism: 1) Pat, seeking signs that his own quest for a happy ending isn’t in vain, has no patience for Ernest Hemingway’s morose outlook and 2) Rusell, the storyteller, expressing his own disinterest in sad endings for the sake of reflecting a bleak existential worldview, as he has throughout his previous films (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, and The Fighter).

It’s after this point that the ‘silver lining’ is presented: Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an emotionally-troubled woman much younger than Pat, but who’s also regressed to a place of childish maturity, yet adult sexual awareness. They form something between platonic friendship and romantic intimacy, in some ways recalling a ‘bro-mance’ between two football players. The sports metaphor goes further, since Pat and Tiffany chart a road to recovery that, like the best plays, defies convention.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’

Silver Linings Playbook, like the rest of Russell’s filmography, takes expectations and flips them on their heads, so much to make the ride well worth taking (even once you suspect what the final destination is). Russell usually works with his cast to create vivid characters that feel like people you pass on the street, enough to keep even the most peculiar narratives grounded. Cooper and Lawrence, by early accounts, delivers performances that manage such a task, as do Weaver and De Niro – the latter of who, thankfully, does not appear to be phoning in his role.

The Silver Linings Playbook is rounded out by such people as Julia Stiles, Shea Whingham, Anupam Kher, and Chris Tucker, marking his return to the big screen after a five-year absence following Rush Hour 3 (there’s a joke there, but, moving on). Look for the film in U.S. theaters on November 21st, 2012.

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  1. The leads have their charms working.
    Jennifer is looking suitably luscious in this.
    And those birthmarks — that’s not playing fair.

  2. a movie about an eagles fan who spends some time in a state institution… not that big of a stretch

  3. Looks great

  4. Looks great!…really looking forward to this. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper look to have wonderful chemistry. Holy Toledo, Jennifer Lawrence looks incredibly sexy/beautiful.

  5. This trailer and the first one make the movie look corny, so I was surprised to hear of the rave reviews its been receiving in film festivals.

    I’ll still check it out based on the buzz, but I haven’t been impressed by what I’m seeing so far.

  6. never saw this actors in movies
    but just watching this simple trailer
    sorry what was the producer thinking.

    she looks like a disney character
    I wish they would pick actors that are of age.
    or sync. won’t go see it sorry

  7. Saw this a tiff. The trailers for this movie don’t do it justice. For its genre it was a near perfect movie! The whole audience I was with apploded through out and gave it a standing ovation at the end. Probably the best comedy next to American beauty that I have seen in the theatres. Even though the trailers are directed at the straight up romantic comedy crowd, I’m here watching it again because I can’t stop thinking of the movie.

  8. I give this movie the big WOW. Easily one of the best movies I have see in a few years, definitely the best in its genre. It’s too easy for me to feel for Pat Jr, Bradley Cooper’s character, being roughly about the same age and diagnosed with bipolar disorder I myself. Bipolar is genetically passed on. I have mild depression every once in awhile, just like everyone out there. It doesn’t hold me back. Like Pat Sr, my dad and grandfather are OCD and probably bipolar II but never treated. If I didn’t have my breakdown, I would be bipolar II and never treated. Hospitalized for bipolar II delisional mania, I started taking daytime lithium and seroquel to help me sleep, and those took care of the delusional mania. People would never guess I’m bipolar, because I take good care of myself. I have always loved basketball and keep myself fit playing. I am able to maintain a solid finance career and have a really close knit loving family and no shortage of great friendships. Unfortunately, my fiancee did leave me for someone else when I was recovering. It’s time for me to stop waiting for the woman I mistakenly put on a pedestal and provided for extravagantly and to move on with my life. Some relationships aren’t meant to be, and if she came back, I know it would not be the same. I can’t change that I’m bipolar, but I can continue my treatment and keep the delusions from coming back. I am a successful, good looking guy with a lot to offer. This movie reminded me about what I already knew.

    It’s about time that Hollywood took a positive and real look at people living with bipolar disorder and acknowledge that with treatment, many bipolars can and do move on to lead full lives. Clear the air of misguided stigma through awareness and brave thought provoking movies like Silver Lining Playbook. Big thanks to the director, producers, and cast for making this fun and life affirming movie. You are bring better understanding of this illness to outsiders and hope to many bipolars out there fearful of stigma. That’s some damn good work.

  9. Typo above, I am bipolar 1 not 2

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