You should never ever miss out on life. Especially when such a message is contained in such a dramatic romantic comedy called the Silver Linings Playbook. Wait, is this not a 2012 movie starring Bradley Cooper that got nominated for an acamedy award for apparently no reason??

Well, when you play sports pesa and watch this movie again you will realise the true story in the movie. I never could understand how Pat’s father was going to win big by placing a parlay bet (multi bet) on his son and favorate football team, plus set the odds. At the time nothing made sense, but after sport pesa – everything now makes perfect sense.

In fact the whole movie now makes total rational sense. Pat comes from a troubled past, and in his case, mentally and dramatically troubled past, to such an extent he was admitted to a mental hospital. Talk about a woman making a man go nuts litterary! 🙂

Sadly you feel sorry for him and his situation, his erratic behaviour and nerve thumbing medicine. The readical twist in this story comes in his chance meeting and budding romance with an alter crazier girl in the name of Tiffany (played by Jennifer Lawrence).

The food is in the taste of this movie. The movie itself is a silver lining. One of the best quotes in the movie comes about when Pat tells Tiffany “The only way you can beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.” 

Such romance actually shows up at the end, the start of the movie is about actually Pat and his actually pychotic issues. Imagine yourself go crazy – how would your friends and family treat you? How would the treatment be like? Imagine coming from Mathere hospital…how do you deal with the world, especially if your whole social circle knows where your were? What if, your wife, was the very reason to got crazy? And you still love her and spend every second wanting to see her.

Such is the plot of Silver Linings Playbook, that you see complex relationships play out. A deep love of a father for his son – despite some father vs son violence – and a community which accepts, abeit very reluctantly, they crazy son.

Life might get hard, times might be tought, things might go so low that we all lose our sense of identity, but as Pat says:

 This is what I learned…You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.

This movie is a diamond and deserves a watch. Pay attention to the books Pat reads (not the bets his father makes!) My favorite part of the movie is when he reached a point in a Hemingways book that he couldnt stomach how the story turned out, and threw the book out of the window in disgust!! If you are a book lover you now that feeling when you reach an ending that is sh*t.

PS: They talk about about nikki so much you end up thinking Nikki would be something. Turns out to be nothing much at all. Lesson? Don’t run away from your fears, when you face them, you realize there is nothing there. A silver lining.

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