Director David O. Russell returns to unconventional form in Silver Linings Playbook, the story of Pat (Bradley Cooper) –a delusional and bipolar man sent to live at home with his parents after a stint in a mental hospital. When not berating Hemingway at three in the morning for being a proponent of unhappy endings or trying to surreptitiously find a way around the restraining order from his ex-wife Nikki, he's running (literally) from his manic-depressed, self-proclaimed nymphomaniac neighbour, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence),whose desire to help Pat overcome his affliction borders on a Pepé Le Pew-like determination.
Co-starring Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver and Rush Hour's own Chris Tucker, Russell crafts a visceral film about mental illness and the affects on family in a story that make us easily recognize how close to instability we all are.
We sat down with the film's director and its stars, Bradley and Jennifer, to chat about the challenges of playing these types of characters and falling crazy in love. See what they had to say below!
Silver Linings Playbook hits theatres November 21.