"Silver Linings Playbook," nominated for eight Academy Awards, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Winner of the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" is the story of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man who has lost everything his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living with his mother and father (Jacki Weaver and Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All his parents want for him is to get back on his feet and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
When Pat meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them; and silver linings appear in both of their lives. Directed by David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook" is based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick.
Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro are shown in a scene from “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Claudia Puig, in USA Today, calls the film "consistently entertaining, with its scrappy, well-drawn characters, offbeat humor and indefatigable positive outlook."
Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, calls it "dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success."
Stephen Rea, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, calls it "a head-spinning wonder of a movie about love and pain, reclamation and the totemic power of a National Football League franchise."
Joe Morgenstern, in the Wall Street Journal, says, "Everything comes together brilliantly in 'Silver Linings Playbook' for the film's crazed but uncrazy lovers; for the filmmaker, David O. Russell; and best of all, for lucky us."
Rated R for language and some sexual content and nudity, "Silver Linings Playbook" runs 122 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with the Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film, "Amour," on April 6 and 9; and the Dustin Hoffman-directed "Quartet," starring Maggie Smith, on April 13 and 16.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.