The Faith of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

At First Things today, I reflect on one of my favorite movies in recent memory, “Silver Linings Playbook.” I tried to articulate convergences between the film and Christian faith. A glimpse:

Similar to “Good Will Hunting” (1997), “Silver Linings Playbook” is fundamentally about uncertainty: the existential uncertainty of the human condition. The grimaces, the shouts, the tears, and the breakdowns reveal basically good pilgrims pushed to a border, beyond which there is only fear. Faced with this darkness, the movie asks: In what will we place our trust? Various answers are proposed: therapy, money, sports, medication and even good ol’ fashioned denial. But one by one, those solutions recede and the movie’s storyline spotlights another way. That way begins with the piercing eyes of Tiffany—and later, with her soldierly unwillingness to validate giving up.

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