Silver Linings Playbook, released December 25, 2012, stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jackie Weaver. This film was written and directed by David O. Russell.
This is the story of a man, Pat, who had just been released from court mandated mental health facility, after finding his wife with another man and nearly beating him to death. His wife, played by Brea Bee, had filed for divorce and had a restraining order issued against him. After Pat’s mother discharges him from the hospital, he works to get his life back on track with hopes to reconcile with his former wife. At a dinner with long time friend Ronnie, he is introduced to Ronnie’s sister-in-law Tiffany. Tiffany had also been under duress after the loss of her husband. She admits that she had been fired from her job for inappropriate conduct concerning all of her male co-workers after the loss of her husband. Tiffany reveals she had contact with Pat’s former wife, and Pat asks her to give her a letter. Tiffany offers an agreement to pass along the letter if he agrees to dance with her in an upcoming competition.
Pat’s father believed his son to be some what of a good luck charm for his favorite team, The Eagles. When it is discovered the competition is on the same night as the next game against the Cowboys, Pat’s father reveals he had lost all of his money on the previous game. The man that had won the bet proposes a new wager based on the competition results. If Pat and Tiffany are able to score a 5 out of 10, Pat’s father will win back double what he lost.
The competition night comes, and Tiffany notices Pats ex-wife in attendance. It is then that the audience discovers Tiffany has developed feelings for Pat when she gets distraught over Nikki’s coming. The competition begins, and the two score a 5 out of 10 winning the bet for Pat’s father. Nikki approached Pat, and Tiffany runs out into the night. Pat speaks to Nikki very briefly then goes after Tiffany. He tells Tiffany he knows she never gave Nikki the letter, and they kiss. The final scene is the two of them at a family dinner, seemingly happily in love.
The movie follows a chronological order going on a day to day basis. By following this timeline the audience is able to witness the events as they happen. This allows viewers to take part in the emotions of the characters as they experience unexpected events along with the main characters. This also allows the characters to develop on a personal basis as Pat and Tiffany become more familiar with each other.
If the film had been presented in a different time line, the audience may have not been able to connect with the characters or events as closely. In a film as deeply emotional as this, taking in the scenes in order helps to create a more personal impact.