In both the original text and movie adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Peoples is liberated from a mental hospital by his mother after an ambiguously long period of time, yearning for nothing but to be reunited with his estranged wife, Nikki. Upon arrival home, however, Pat discovers that he is not allowed to see or even contact Nikki or her family. After meeting a friend’s also mentally unstable sister, he is forced to reevaluate his self-improvement strategies, and his life as a whole. That’s where the similarities end. In the book, Pat spends about four years in the hospital, almost four times as long as he is incarcerated in the film. In addition, the film plays down Pat’s apparent instability and plays up his romance with his new friend, Tiffany.
Tiffany’s role in the novel paints her as more of Pat’s friend than his lover, and the movie does the opposite. As irksome as this may seem, a more romantic feel to the story is probably more interesting to viewers, and makes a happier ending for the box office.
The film does do a good job picking specific scenes and translating them onto the screen, but after about the halfway point, the reproduction takes a detour to the end of the story. Even though thematically the book and movie are the same, the actual events that fit with the themes are in a different order. The climax is even at a different scene.
Overall, though, the movie was able to capture the mood and concepts presented in the text, and is worth the watch (even if the book is better).
Did You Know?
This is the first film that Chris Evans
has been in that he hasn't played a 100% perfect character with no flaws. See more
When Pat goes on his run with Tiffany trailing behind, an ARGUS ship appears behind Tiffany's head for a split second and then disappears. See more
This is what I learned at the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.
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Referenced in Avengers: Age of Ultron
DOMinate your mind
Written by Simran the Bongo Princess
and Sean Chi the Bongo Queen
Performed by The Fleet
Published by DOMino Publishing Co. of 'Merica Inc.
Courtesy of Third Wave Records, LLC.
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