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Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
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Saturday February 9th, 2013

Apparently David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg decided to see other people. After collaborating previously on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter it was probably time.  Yet at one point Dorchester’s Marky mark was slated to play the lead in Silver Linings Playbook, a film adapted from the novel by the same name.

One can easily imagine the part of Pat Salatano interpreted by Wahlberg, with his working class roots, short temper and football acumen. We’ve seen this from him before. The same cannot be said for Bradley Cooper – last year’s sexiest man alive. Perhaps that is the reason why his performance is getting so much attention.

While the privileged villain of Wedding Crashers was enough of a psychopath to have you killed, Pat actually might kill you. He is bipolar after all – but in a cute, funny sort of way.

As with Many of Russell’s films – this is a comedy of sorts.

And it sort of makes a joke out of mental illness so we leave the theater feeling good. Every character’s neurosis is justifiable and the result of some inflicted trauma. Pat was set off by his wife just as Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany was driven by guilt over her marriage. It’s all-good. We are all crazy - from Robert De Niro’s OCD to John Ortiz’s life in panic.

 But really, who wants to watch a film about Pat taking his meds and failing to perform in bed in front of Lawrence. This is much more interesting. If a 17-year age gap isn’t enough to come between these two why should a prescription?

I enjoyed Silver Linings. There is no wonder it was this year’s feel good Oscar darling. That said, Marky would have been wicked good in this part. Everyone knows he could have brought you a show with no intoxication. 

Feel the Vibrations.