Silver Linings Playbook

Updated 12/6/2012

Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook."

In this wacky, exhilarating film, Philadelphia high school teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is back with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver) after an eight-month stay in a psychiatric hospital. Pat's all set to start over and win back his ex-wife. A decent guy, except for the violent, unstable part, Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) the only person able to stay a step ahead of his manic behavior. "Silver Linings Playbook" tells us that happily-ever after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good.

Colin Covert