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While rom-coms seldom win Best Picture, there's something about the eccentric charm, naked truth, and refreshing unpredictability about "Silver Linings Playbook" that makes it worthy of consideration. And while it might not rise to the level of "The Apartment" or "Annie Hall," director David O. Russell arguably delivers the best rom-com in quite some time. Besides, how can you resist what he terms "Goodfellas" meets "It's a Wonderful Life"? Certainly editor Jay Cassidy, best-known for "Into the Wild" and "An Inconvenient Truth," was hooked. He liked this cockeyed Philadelphia story in which two mentally unstable social misfits (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) hook up and dance their way to happiness and better self-awareness. "David is very much of the persuasion, as am I, that you have to create a reality," Cassidy insists. "And so his idea, which he certainly expanded on »

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