Analysis Of The Movie ' Silver Linings Playbook ' Essay

1426 Words Nov 20th, 2014 6 Pages
Silver Linings Playbook tells the story of Pat, a former substitute history teacher with bipolar disorder who returns to his parents’ home after eight months in a mental hospital for beating up his wife 's lover, following a meltdown after his marriage broke up, and is determined to reconcile with his wife. Pat 's bipolar disorder manifests in ways that are realistically, even heartbreakingly ordinary; Pat attempts to control his mania with long jogs and rants about Hemingway. Yet the film has produced an argument among some reviewers about its portrayal of mental illness. Do the characters get off too easily, their symptoms getting better and almost nonexistent as soon as they find one another? Does the film imply that Pat 's medication was doing him more harm than good? It 's Hollywood, so there are going to be aspects that are there more for the story than for accuracy. Pat is able to say, "That was a delusion, this isn 't right." Yet he still seems to have very little insight into the situation with his wife Nikki: thinking he 's going to get her back, without having a real understanding of the consequences of what he did.
The movie also places Pat 's struggles in an interesting context. His father is a Philadelphia Eagles obsessive compulsive disorder with full-blown rituals and a history of outbursts at games that have gotten him banned from the stadium. His mother is mothering and could be considered a little overprotective and a little overbearing. Both parents mean…

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