DIRECTOR: David O. Russell
WRITERS: David O. Russell (Screenplay), Matthew Quick (Novel)
WHO’S IN IT: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver
THE STORY: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife (Brea Bee). Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
AWARD BUZZ: It should be noted that Jennifer Lawrence won a Golden Globe for her performance in this movie. The movie has also gained several Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Bradley Cooper for Actor in a Leading Role, Jennifer Lawrence for Actress in a Leading Role, Robert De Niro for Actor in a Supporting Role, Jacki Weaver for Actress in a Supporting Role, David O. Russell for Directing, as well as the Editing, and Writing Adapted Screenplay categories.
IN MY OPINION: This is a great movie. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time. Yes, it’s dark. Mental illness isn’t something to laugh at. This movie handles it wonderfully and puts some laughs in to keep it interesting. I’m not going to go on about my favorite parts or things to watch for. I’m just going to say that you should go to see it with an open mind.
WHAT OTHERS SAID:
“It’s dark for a comedy, but I really liked it,” Dawn Harless, Former MMCC student, Mt. Pleasant.
“Excellent film with stellar performances by Cooper, Lawrence & De Niro. A must see!” Bethany Kerr Reynolds
Laker Current facebook fans giving the movie a “like” are Felisha N. Shaw and David Merkiel.
(On the Big Screen is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current and is compiled by staff writers. It is designed to spotlight movies being shown in local theaters.)