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Writer/director David O. Russell has been tackling difficult family issues since his breakout comedy/drama Spanking The Monkey back in 1994. He followed that up with the more whimsical Flirting With Disaster. His most recent hit, the based on a true story The Fighter, also dealt with a family in crisis. His newest screen work, Silver Linings Playbook, again has the family dynamic as its focus and concerns a subject that has been touched on more frequently in the cinema recently: mental illness. Going back to The Three Faces Of Eve to A Beautiful Mind the movies have attempted to portray this subject in a compassionate manner. And with Linings, Russell (working from Matthew Quick.s novel) attempts to meld this with a romantic (occasional) comedy. It.s quite the tightrope walk.

In the opening scenes of the film we meet Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) as he prepares to leave a Baltimore mental health facility. »

- Jim Batts

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