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Family Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook (R)

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MPAA Rating: R         Length: 122 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 15+. It’s mostly cursing-based; the profanity is thoroughly prevalent. Sexual content is also strong: there are a few implied sex scenes (one with a couple suggested to be nude in the shower, with the woman’s butt and some profile shots of her chest); one conversation about sexual acts; and discussions about infidelity and the word “slut.” Ultimately, though, the movie is about the importance of family and finding oneself, a nice message for older teens.

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is not a movie with pleasant language, and its discussions of sexuality are prevalent and sometimes over-the-top. But the movie is imbued with a strong sense of the importance of family and the need to find and accept oneself, and with especially strong performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ should be a first-round pick.

By Roxana Hadadi

Director David O. Russell pleased crowds two years ago with “The Fighter,” and he’s back in the audience-favorite game with “Silver Linings Playbook,” a movie with exceptionally strong performances from Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro that also serves as a complex exploration of self. Who are we as individuals? What are the roles of our parents, our friends, our lovers? When is it appropriate to accept who we are, and how or why should we decide to change? Those questions may seem fairly existential, but “Silver Linings Playbook” navigates those concerns with relative ease—with a pleasantly fulfilling love story, too.

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