When I first saw the clip for this film I thought "This looks interesting!" and I'm glad to say that after watching it in its entirety, my opinion of it has increased to the power 10!
 
Why did I like it? Read on and find out.....
 
The plot is quite simple which is after a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.  Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jenifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
 
Now that is simply put however that paragraph wouldn't really convey what a great sensitive, funny and enlightening film that will get you to warm to the honesty of Pat.
 
We all know someone who has had or are going through mental anguish and if we care, we help (tears).
 
Mental health is a topic that films rarely touch due to some people's view that it's a depressing (pun intended) subject matter. And it can be if you lack the writing chops and acting chops to deliver. 
 
Take the potentially depressive subject matters that make money such as espionage (007, Jason Bourne), war (Platoon, Apocalypse Now), rape (The Accused, Straw Dogs) and vigilantism (Death Wish, Harry Brown).
 
When I think of films dealing with mental health I think of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" and the recent classic "Shutter Island".
 
This film will be named in the same reverence as the ones mentioned above or maybe slightly beneath.
 
I loved it and I'm not ashamed to tell you that I spent moments wiping real tears from glassy eyes.  Why? Because it breaks my heart seeing people struggling to cope with life when life sends them a curved ball.
 
Also featured in the film is Robert De Niro playing OCD obsessed Pat Senior, the father of Pat and watching his condition you realise how the son ended up in an institution.
 
While in the institution Pat makes friends with Danny who's excellently played by the very large eyed Chris Rock.
 
To take Pat's mind off his obsession with getting back with his wife, a troubled neighbour persuades him to take up dancing with her and.....
 
All the characters from the doctors, therapists and family, everyone seems to be carrying their own respective issues which mirrors life.  We get through life with a little help from our friends.
 
Beautiful film which you will love and ordinarily I don't give marks to a film but on this occasion I will break my rule and give this film "5 out of 10".
 
Tortured souls but once you understand the individual, you quickly realise they are beautiful souls.
 
Watch the film and the last statement will make sense......
 

 
 
gman
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Article by @gmanzen / 26th November 2012

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