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Friday, January 25, 2013

Report Card---"Silver Linngs Playbook"

"Silver Linings Playbook" is a very good movie.
It is a light-hearted look at bi-polar mental illness.
This would seem to be a contradiction in terms, but they manage to pull it off.
It is, in fact, a romantic comedy.
It's not in my top four, which now includes "Life of Pi", but it is quite good on many levels.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

I wouldn't go that far.

Is it controversial?

The subject matter is, so the movie is.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

Very good.

Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?

Bradley Cooper is very good.
DeNiro steals the picture and deserves the Oscar.
He's hilarious every time he opens his mouth.
Nothing spectacular about the direction or shots.

Is it too long? Too short?

No problem at all with the length.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and yes.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Nothing predictable, and nothing really surprising.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not really.

Is it funny?

Like I said, DeNiro's a hoot.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Maybe six.

Is it impressive ?


Overall grade: A-.

The only thing I have really gushed about here is DeNiro.
The rest of my answers were fairly brief.
But it is a quality movie.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."