Feminist Film Theory And Silver Lining Playbook

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Feminist Film Theory and Silver Linings Playbook Silver Linings Playbook, is a film directed by David O. Russell, that follows a former teacher named Pat (Bradley Cooper) who is released from a psychiatric hospital for bipolar disorder after an eight month stay. His main goal after his release is to win back his ex-wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), whom he caught cheating for another man. Having been emotionally distressed for what had happened, he violently attacked the other man, almost killing him, which left him locked up at the hospital. Although he has recovered and was released, he is still troubled, damaged, and unsteady who often throws tantrums for very little things. Later in the film, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), the sister of his ex-wife’s bestfriend, Veronica (Julia Stiles). Tiffany who is also emotionally unstable after her husband died in a tragic accident whom she blames herself for, is also as screwed up as Pat. Little by little they had a special connection which at first started very rough. The male and female characters in the film are interesting enough to be dissected and examined for the film’s attempt to illustrate feminism and break the hero-heroine stereotype. Although it falls short sometimes with its image of visual pleasure, Silver Linings Playbook created a character in Tiffany that is not only highly entertaining, but also empowering. The film received much acclaim for its nuanced acting and portrayal of mental illness. It also garnered a lot of awards particularly for Jennifer Lawrence who did an excellent job in acting. Other than that, it is also often praised for being a gender sensitive film, critically examining the definitions of masculinity and femininity. Silver Linings Playbook finds itse... ... middle of paper ... ...gles will win the football game. That very simple scene redeems her character in the family’s eyes, making her an important part of the family, instead of just being just an image. In general, Silver Linings Playbook, is a highly entertaining film that offers characters that break the common film stereotypes. The character of Tiffany as woman of strong personality, and Pat as the weaker one break the usual norm in film. Although the film falls short in some areas particularly with regards to visual imagery, it is still a film that promotes feminism in its subtlety. Making films that are perfectly feminist could be very hard to achieve, but Silver Linings Playbook made it more than halfway which is a lot better than what the common mainstream cinema offers. David O. Russell did a great job in the film’s direction making it enjoyable and empowering at the same time.

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