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ELLE reviews Silver Linings Playbook

By Hannah Swerling

Complicated characters are on a quest for comfort in Silver Linings Playbook, an edgy comedy drama about unlikely love starring The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Pat (Cooper) is fresh from a breakdown after his wife’s infidelity. He’s determined to see the silver lining in everything but he’s still in denial, convinced he’s happily married.

Enter newly-widowed sex bomb Tiffany (Lawrence), who’s on almost as many meds as Pat.

She needs a dance partner for a contest; he needs a project. You can kind of guess the rest. Needless to say, training is complicated by their chaotic emotions.

It’s a contrived but enjoyable set-up with both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence on top form – you won’t have seen either of them like this before.

Lawrence really proves her versatility, showing she can play a sulky teen one minute and a world-weary young woman the next.

Yes, it’s a romantic comedy, but not like we’ve seen before.

Silver Linings Playbook is in cinemas now

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Watch the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook here

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