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Theater review: The Silver Linings Playbook

I have wanted to see “The Silver Linings Playbook” for a couple of months, however, at first, it was only playing in selected theaters throughout the U.S.
Last week, it finally started playing in Greenville.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first. The commercials made the movie look like a romantic comedy, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — you know, the kind where boy meets girl and they spend the whole movie learning they love each other.

“The Silver Lining Playbook” does travel along the road of romantic comedy, but it includes a deeper twist to the normal story line.

Cooper’s character battles a mental illness and Lawrence’s character goes through tragic life changes. Both of their situations are what brings them together.

The two-hour-long movie does have some parts, especially toward the beginning, that kind of drags on, however, they are important to the whole story line of the movie.

It’s a unique movie because it’s not the perfect romantic comedy, and it shows the side to some relationships real people have to do with, whether it is a mental illness or tragic situations.

The ending left me wanting more and disappointed all at the same time. The whole movie builds up the moviegoer to have a very short and to the point movie — no twists or turns and kind of predictable.

Overall, although the ending needed work, the movie was great and I would recommend it.

Review by  Kelli Ameling, of Greenville, is a staff writer and the S.H.E. editor for The Daily News. She is a self-described “movie junkie,” who loves all genres.

 

Reviewed by Kelli Ameling on 25 January 2013

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