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I FINALLY got to see this movie and now, my review. Silver Linings Playbook is the film of 2012 that everyone is calling a surprise hit and something that's going to be considered a classic. It's been receiving a ton of Oscar buzz and I can see why. The main story is that Bradley Cooper is bipolar and after being released from a home for crazy people, he decides to reinvent himself and along the way he meets Jennifer Lawrence and fights with his parents and a lot of other dramatic stuff. The four acting categories at the Oscars each have a cast member from this film as a nominee and I understand completely why that is. Every performance in this movie is solid. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are both excellent and give the performance of their careers. They're both recovering from bad movies they've been in like The Hangover 2 and House at the End of the Street and now they've got themselves some well-earned Oscar nominations. Robert De Niro is fantastic in his role and he gives the best peformance I've seen him give in a long time. Chris Tucker is in this movie too and he was actually really funny which is saying something considering his character had potential to be really annoying and unwanted. Another thing that was really well done was the chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. There was something about seeing those two share the screen that really got me invested in their relationship. It's not just a basic "I love you, let's date" type of relationship; it has plenty of getting to understand the characters and their flaws and as it turns out, Lawrence is also bipolar and that does make for a not so typical relationship. With the relationship going on, there's also seeing Cooper deal with his problems and I was so invested in his character that whenever he was about to do something that would get him in trouble, I would be like "Dude, no, don't do that, don't do- he did it." The best thing I can say about this movie is that is does a great job of getting you invested in the story and the characters. When something dramatic is happening, you can really feel the intensity and pain the characters are going through. There's one scene in particular with Robert De Niro close to the end of the movie and wow, can that guy act or what? I did think that the overall climax of the movie was a bit out of touch with the rest of the movie though. I won't say too much, but it does involve dance and it felt a bit out of place compared to the rest of the movie. However Silver Linings Playbook is a really good movie with great acting, an investing story with a well done relationship and characters that are interesting and funny, being able to add to the comedy part of the movie. This movie does deserve the hype it's getting from the Oscars.