Starring: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover II), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Robert De Niro (Red), Jacki Weaver (The Five-Year Engagement), Chris Tucker (Rush Hour 3), John Ortiz (Public Enemies), Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum)
The movie starts with Pat (Cooper) at the psychiatrict hospital going through his normal routine, until one day his mom (Weaver) takes him home, against doctor’s orders.
When he gets home, his dad (De Niro) is a little hesitant about his coming home, but lets him in. That night Pat shows his father that he might not still be fully well when he throws a book out the window, angry with how the story ended.
Pat meets with his therapist and before going in, he hears his wedding song which causes him to freak out. While in the meeting he sees that the therapist did this as a test to see if it was a trigger because that was the song that Pat heard when he was walking in on his wife having an affair on him.
The next day, Pat’s dad tries to spend time with Pat but he brushes him off and goes on a run. While on the run, he goes to the school that his wife Nicki taught at and scares one of the other teachers. On his way home, he runs into an old friend, Ronnie (Ortiz), and he invites him over for dinner, to which Pat agrees to.
At the dinner, Pat meet’s Ronnie’s wife, Veronica (Stiles) sister, Tiffany, and sees that she has a lot of issues of her own. Her husband had died and she had gotten depressed, something that Pat brings up. At the end of the dinner, he walks Tiffany home where she offers him sex, but he declines. Tiffany’s offer confuses Pat and forces him to create havoc in his house while looking for his wedding video. He accidentally hits his mom and gets into a fight with his dad.
While on his run the next day, Tiffany keeps bombarding him, trying to get him to talk, but he keeps trying to get away from her.
The next day at the therapist, he explains why he did that and the therapist thinks that maybe he flipped out was because he was attracted to Tiffany.
The next day that Tiffany interrupts his running, he invites her to dinner. At dinner, she admits why she got fired from her last job (because she slept with all her co-workers). He also admits to her that his wedding song is a trigger for him. She tells Pat that she could deliver a letter to Nicki for him. At the end of the dinner, he tells her that he thinks she is crazier then him and she gets upset him. While trying to go and apologize, Tiffany keeps yelling that he’s harassing her and the crowd of people tell him to back off. He gets overwhelmed and starts hearing the wedding song in his head. Tiffany sees this and calms the situation down and apologizes for what she did.
The next day, Pat shows up at Tiffany’s with the letter, but her parents deny him access. Another man shows up and is looking for Tiffany and Pat tells the man to go away. While he gets back on his run, Tiffany catches up with him and says that she will deliver the letter but only if he agrees to be his dance partner.
As the movie progresses, Pat continues to grow closer to Tiffany and his family. At the big climax of the movie, Pat has to perform with Tiffany at the dance competition and have to average with a 5.0 score in order for his father to win a bet with a bookie.
The movie is actually one of those Oscar contender movies that I enjoy. It was funny, had a lot of heart, and of course the right amount of drama that made the story real.
Bradley Cooper shined as Pat. For someone who is really known for his comedy (like the Hangover movies) it is nice to see him in a more dramatic role. If Limitless didn’t prove that he could be a leading man, this movie surely did it.
Jennifer Lawrence was perfect as Tiffany. Lawrence has done pretty much dramatic roles throughout her career, that it was nice to see her with some comedic parts. But don’t get me wrong, she was able to deliver those hard, dramatic parts.
The chemistry between not only the two main stars, but with the entire cast was perfect. Robert De Niro can still steal a scene, even as a minor, with my favorite scene being the heart to heart that he has with his son.
This is one of those movies that is enjoyable from beginning to end and it has something that I think everyone will enjoy. The only flaw that I could see is the number of close-ups that were done. I feel like probably ½ the movie was done in close-ups and it felt a bit much.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and it’s going to be one of the few movies that I will be rooting for during the awards season.