17. Silver Linings Playbook
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Shea Whigham, Jacki Weaver
Release date: November 21
Something tells us that Silver Linings Playbook is exactly the kind of film that Bradley Cooper wants people to recognize him for, not The Hangover Part II. And with super-producer Harvey Weinstein backing this A-list dramedy, there's little doubt that Cooper's performance will be seen by millions upon millions of eyes. But will it be any good?
Whether your boy Phil Wenneck can carry a prestigious movie of this nature is the central question surrounding director David O. Russell's first project in the wake of The Fighter's Oscar dominance last year. Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick's 2008 novel, finds Cooper playing a former mental patient who's trying to adjust to life back home with parents (Robert De Niro and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver) while also navigating a budding friendship with an equally troubled neighbor (Jennifer Lawrence, taking a break from her Hunger Games franchise lockdown).
With Russell back in his Flirting with Disaster/I Heart Huckabees zone, Silver Linings Playbook has the potential to be just as wryly comedic and sharply poignant. If nothing else, it will at least kick-start the comeback of Chris Tucker. As long as there's no more Rush Hour flicks in his future, that should be considered a positive development.