Review: Silver Linings Playbook
Even Kher as Dr Patel, Pat's therapist, fits in seamlessly into the story without much ado about his Asian-ness.
It's the film's upbeat insistence on a "silver lining", achieved through a "positive outlook", that seems somewhat of a stretch in the second half. Unlike the characters driving the story in the beginning, it is the story that appears to be edging them along now -- with the transition from one to the other rather too obvious for a film of otherwise such subtle nature. A bet is thrown in, involving both a crucial game and a dance show that Tiffany wants to win with Pat -- with all of it rounded up into a perfect ending.
"Life is hard enough," Pat says in the beginning, fuming at Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. "Why can't there be happy endings?"
For one, because edges such as in Silver Linings Playbook don't make such perfect rounds -- and why should they?
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