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Calm Down Crazy: First Trailer For David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' With Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 28, 2012 12:55 PM
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While The Weinstein Company have quickly gotten the buzz started around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," they've been a bit slower on rolling out the campaign for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" after all three screened footage early for press at the Cannes Film Festival. Well, let it begin as the first trailer has arrived, and yes, it shows some strong promise.

Pretty much matching exactly what we saw in France, the spot serves as pretty decent guide to the characters we'll meet. Based on the book by Matthew Quick, the story centers on Pat Peoples (a tracksuit and Philadelphia Eagles jersey-wearing Bradley Cooper), a former high school teacher who, after being released from an eight month stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his parents, then seeks to put his life back together. Along the way he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an equally fucked up girl/love interest, and the two forge an oddball relationship and try to put their lives back on track.

Like we've said, this seems to be in the vein of old school Russell, like "Flirting With Disaster," which is fine by us, but not without some crowdpleasing notes that the Weinsteins hope will play (and we hope Russell can pull of that balance). Everyone looks to be in top form: Cooper nicely plays the kind of character he's never really done, Lawrence looks sharp and strong in what is in many ways her first "adult" role, while Chris Tucker is actually restrained. And oh yeah, Chris Tucker is in this.

Anyway, enough from us. Watch the trailer below. The film opens on November 21st.

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18 Comments

  • Sylvia | August 4, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    I can't wait to see this. I read the book and now I can't wait to compare it to the screenplay. Lawrence is a fantastic actress and I cannot imagine any other actress playing Tiffany. Yes, Jennifer may be young, but what's a girl to do when mostly all the roles her own age are dealing with teenage vampire love, chainsaw killers, and street dancing. Her acting and her maturity ages her beyond her years, so if she wants to go after adult roles let her. She's not letting her age hold her down and I admire that. No matter the ages, all I know is that this is going to be a great movie with great actors and great chemistry. Enjoy!

  • F.P. | July 17, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    Can someone please explain how/why the almost 40 year old Bradley Cooper has an early 20-something like Jennifer Lawrence cast as his love interest? She's great, but this is SUCH a tired dynamic in films. That alone makes me not want to support it (which is of course THE reason men will see it, so they can imagine themselves as getting some young tail). The writing looks promising, but Fail.

  • Sylvia | August 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    Lawrence is playing a mid 30s widow, and I think she will do the character justice. You should read the book, becuse your second to last sentence shows me you haven't.

  • Alan | June 29, 2012 4:16 AMReply

    So, seriously, who does the editing for The Weinstein Company? This is another trailer ('Lawless', 'Django Unchained') that tries to make the film look about as lousy and mediocre as possible. There is zero sense of story or narrative in the trailer, which would be fine if they were trying to capture the film's tone, but the promo consists of mostly soundbites. Sheesh.

  • jingmei | June 28, 2012 10:50 PMReply

    Look forward to this cool film. Jennifer Laurence is pre-mature, independent and self-determinded, she rocks. It's kinda hard to find quite suitable male characters similar to her age as her love interests in films since she looks like bit more mature than them. For example Anton Yelchin in The Beaver (and Like Crazy), he is much younger.

  • Jules | June 28, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    Looks great. Lawrence (and I agree, she never disappoints) and Cooper have wonderful chemistry. Looking forward to this, the book was great and the film looks very good as well.

  • gt | June 28, 2012 5:04 PMReply

    Looks generic and bland tbh. I don't get the fuss over Jennifer Lawrence either.

  • Nolan | June 28, 2012 3:41 PMReply

    I'm glad that Lawrence is still taking smaller roles with the insane box-office clout she has now. She was great in Winter's Bone. Surprisingly bad in X-men, though.

  • Anon | June 28, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence never disappoints. Chris Tucker and Bradley Cooper should play off well together. Overall, a great ensemble. I recommend reading the novel.

  • Mr Fist | June 28, 2012 1:53 PMReply

    Chris Tucker? Restrained? This IS Science Fiction...

  • Harley Quinn | June 28, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't like Jennifer Lawrence?

  • Lou | June 29, 2012 9:28 AM

    No, you aren't.

  • Marie | June 28, 2012 1:59 PM

    Yes. a became a fan after seeing her in Winters Bone.

  • Sara | June 28, 2012 1:40 PM

    No...
    I mean,... I like her, and I think she is a good actress. BUT.... I think she is too young to play Bradley's love interest. I mean,... why didn't they choose the others actress.
    and she will play Bradley wife in "Serena". I mean.... she is not the only good actress.
    sorry my english.

  • yer | June 28, 2012 1:36 PM

    Too look at? Yes. As an actress? Meh.

  • JON | June 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    YES.

  • david | June 28, 2012 1:07 PMReply

    Looks pretty good. I'm hoping the movie isn't quite as conventional as the trailer, but anyway, the actors look solid.

  • Mike | June 28, 2012 2:33 PM

    With a screenplay from David O. Russell, my money is on the trailer being cut to very marketable standards by the Weinstein Company.

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