IMDB Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
I know this is horrendously late considering I saw this particular film during the AMC Oscar Movie showcase prior to the Academy Awards, but it’s appropriate timing now considering Redbox at your local Publix has it! Yay for Publix!
Alright, now let’s tackle what I loved about this film. I adore Robert de Niro’s performance as the Eagles-obsessed, book keeping father. He’s absolutely lovely in this film. The star of this film, Bradley Cooper, gives an amazing performance in this role as the undiagnosed bipolar ex-teacher. Glorious job, best so far if I do say so myself. The dialogue is incredibly witty and real, which I adore in any film.
Ok, now J-Law fans, stop reading here, because I will break your heart.
I’m sorry to be so underwhelmed by Jennifer Lawerence’s performance in this film. Granted, her “crazy” scenes were delivered with incredible passion, but when it comes down to it, her facial expressions tend to be…lifeless? Even when she’s trying to act happy, it’s not really happy? I know she plays a depressed person in this film, but even when she’s supposed to feel genuine happiness, it just doesn’t work. I think a majority of why she won the Oscar for this role is because the character herself was so incredibly diverse and took over much of the attention while watching the film. I suppose in this way, it reminds me of Anjelina Jolie’s performance in Girl, Interrupted. I love Jennifer though, I love her in this film, but it just really seemed Oscar worthy to me in comparison to some of the other roles in the category. Also, this is a romantic comedy. Since when does the Academy like romantic comedies?
Another thing that bugged me about this film is it’s ability to make mental illness seem like it can be cured with a magic wand. Society today is moving towards depicting mental illness in media, almost romanticizing serious issues like depression and anxiety. Unfortunately it’s the current trend in film, but I can’t endorse this as much as the next person. Yes, it’s a problem that everyone needs to be aware of, but not in the way that Hollywood has been doing it recently, like In Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I’ll stop hating on this film, because in actuality it’s a brilliant film. It’s refreshing and new, and vibrant in the loveliest way. I recommend this to anyone, really.