Silver Linings Playbook is a drama film, which portrays the story of two people, Pat and Tiffany, with mental illnesses who fall in love. It tells the story of a man named Pat who had to go to a mental institute because of his actions after he found his wife was cheating on him. He was diagnosed wit Bipolar Disorder and moved back home with his parents after he was released. His main focus in the movie is to reconcile with his wife and get back together. Meanwhile, Tiffany has problems of her own after the death of her husband. The media portrayed topics that are not normally seen in mainstream media. Critiques had controversial reviews and many believe that it was not an accurate depiction of the mental illnesses. Many argued that it should just be seen for entertainment but I would argue that the media picked a great story that has some truths that critiques are looking past.
I think it’s important to note that not everyone with an illness has the same tendencies. I think that the media did a great job depicting Pat’s Bipolar Disorder, Tiffany’s menta...
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... to us (like Tiffany’s husband passing away) we each react a little differently. People need to be aware of the struggles that one is facing and instead of judging, maybe try to help or encourage like the Tuohy family did with Michael. The movies showed the struggle of each character with disabilities very well. Pat was angry but tried to better himself and try to fix the situation even though he was blind to the fact that he should listen to his family. His father’s OCD made the viewer feel a sense of chaos while watching and the portrayal of the family was probably accurate in that it is very difficult to keep the peace sometimes. It is also important to realize how both of these films positively portrays each character in some way persevering through their disability and overcoming several side effects that they had been dealing with on top of their disabilities.
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