With eight Academy Awards nominations, including one win for Jennifer Lawrence, and a glowing review of 4.5/5 stars from Roger Ebert, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his work in criticism, Silver Linings Playbook is a compelling story of a man’s journey to rebuild his life after an incident in which his previous world collapsed around him. Unusual in Academy Award nominees, and winners, Silver Linings Playbook also features a love story gone wrong between two people who begin to find themselves again despite their bleak struggle with their respective mental illnesses. The element that makes Silver Linings Playbook the most interesting is that it mirrors reality so closely that it could be a family incident one is watching play out during the holidays. The film is about the very taboo subject of mental illnesses, specifically in a family dynamic, without actually being about mental illnesses. To condense it into a few lines, Silver Linings Playbook is about the persistence of hope, the nature of families, and the habit of people to get in the way of their own happiness. Silver Linings Playbook is often simplified as a “romantic comedy”, and it could be seen as that if one chose not to look beneath the surface or examine their own reactions after viewing the film. However, it offers so much more than the clichéd scenario of two people falling in love and the relationship not working out because one of them is afraid of their feelings while the other is viewed as having too many feelings. In this clichéd scenario, the partners get over themselves in order for their relationship to eventually work out. The clincher of Silver Linings Playbook is that it offers well developed characters who are flawed in atypical ways: Pat nearly killed a man and is determined to rekindle the flame with his separated wife, and Tiffany, the heroine who uses sex as an emotional outlet and is manipulative to get what she wants. On paper, these two characters seem...