“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum
Forgive me quoting another writer but Robert Fulghum’s (some attribute it to Dr. Seuss) quote aptly describes David Russell’s dark romantic comedy. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, bipolar and has just got out of the mental facility and is now back in the care of his parents. He learns that his ex-wife has moved away and his father is out of work and has resorted to boookmaking to earn money. He is determined to get his life back on track and reconcile with his wife who has filed a restraining order against him after a violent episode that sent him to the mental facility. On a dinner at his friend’s house, he meets Tiffany (played by Jennifer Lawrence), a widow and recovering sex addict. That becomes the start of their unconventional love story.
The movie is based on the novel by Matthew Quick, although some things have been changed in the movie version, everything is pretty much the same. Bradley Cooper fits the bill, he’s like a good guy but also a bad at the same time. I felt bad for his character; I mean, you catch your wife getting it on with the History teacher in the shower while your wedding theme song (Stevie Wonder’s R&B classic My Cherie Amour) is playing in the background, would you not snap as well? I do not even know what I will do if something like that happens to me.
Jennifer Lawrence plays someone beyond her 21 years and she hits the nail on this one. Much like Bradley Cooper’s character, you do not know if you will love her or hate her but you do feel for her character. Plus the fact that I got to see Katniss Everdeen dance was a good thing my friends. Overall the movie succeeded in showing that we may experience dark episodes in our life but there will always be a silver lining.
The movie scored Oscar nods for Best Picture, Director and acting nominations for Cooper, Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver and I must say that they deserve the accolade, I am not a professional movie critic but I would definitely recommend you watch this movie. It’s a much cheaper alternative to a session with your therapist.