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When it comes to watching films, they are a reflection of everyday life that we as an audience can empathize with. Film can go through an impressive spectrum when it comes to showcasing emotion and themes that can impact the way the audience perceives a film. Every once in a while, a movie is so profound that someone’s outlook can change by just one viewing of that movie. For me, that movie is Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Cooper as Pat Solitano Jr. and Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell, create a vibrant chemistry as two mentally ill individuals who are attempting to get their lives back on track. The beauty of this film and its overall message is a profound statement of taking risk, being true to yourself and finding the silver lining even in the darkest of places.

Taking risk will always be a fact of life, and in the film, Pat must take a risk by participating in a professional dance competition with Tiffany. He does this as part of a deal in which by participating, Tiffany will give Pat’s estranged wife Nikki a letter in which he explains how he has become a changed man. While Pat is obviously inexperienced in dance, he takes up the offer because of the reward at the end. By taking the risk, Pat and Tiffany are able to further develop their relationship into an intimate relationship. Risk taking is always faced with trepidation, but by accepting the challenge of the risk, we allow ourselves to develop our character throughout the process and reap the rewards at the end. Life is not meant to be lived in our personal comfort zones, but rather by taking a leap of faith in endeavors you normally would not consider. I know that at the end of every risk there will be an outcome, but the steps that I took on the journey to that outcome is what will stick with me.

Tiffany also presents an interesting point in the movie of being true to oneself. After losing her husband, Tiffany uses sex as a coping mechanism to deal with her grief. While her family is embarrassed by her inappropriate behavior, Tiffany embraces who she is, even those parts of her which are considered dark. By being able to embrace who we are (both the positive and negative aspects) allows us to understand and be able to better ourselves. Pat attempts to better himself for his wife, believing that by doing it for her, it will make him happy. As the film progresses, he finds that by doing what makes him happy for himself, he has a larger appreciation for life. By accepting ourselves as we are, we gain a valuable insight to our self worth.

Pat also imparts perhaps the most impactful lesson of the entire film with the belief that in any situation, no matter how negative, one can always find a silver lining. Pat could have easily allowed his bipolar disorder to overwhelm him, but instead of allowing his situation to define him, he allowed his positive outlook on life to be his defining characteristic. Being able to see the good in any bad requires monumental mental fortitude in any type of dire situation, but Pat shows us that when all's said and done, everything happens for a reason. We all have grand plans in life and sometimes, they don't work out as planned. When that happens, you can either give up or you can adapt and overcome. Appreciate each and every thing that comes your way whether it be good or bad, because it will help you grow as a person.

Silver Linings Playbook, is not only a film that focuses on love, but the struggles that we all face every day. What we do when faced with adversity defines not only how we handle the situation, but what we take away when we are finished with the situation. The film’s message has always been reassuring to me and I always appreciate the themes that it reinforces. This film has had such a profound impact on my life and how I carry myself. It has allowed me to see that there is always good in any situation, you just have to be willing to see it.

 

 

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