With the possible exceptions of “Rocky” and “Philadelphia,” it’s hard to imagine a movie with more Philly connections than “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012, Anchor Bay, R, $30), one of 2012’s most moving romantic comedies.
Now on DVD and Blu-ray, the movie stars Rydal, Pa., native Bradley Cooper as Pat Solatano, a bipolar schoolteacher who winds up moving in with his folks (Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver) in the working-class Philly suburb of Ridley Park after he is released from a stint in the psych ward.
Pat is barely holding it together when he hooks up with Tiffany (Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence), an unbalanced widow with problems of her own. In between talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and training sessions for a dance contest are oodles of family craziness. If that sounds like a strange stew, never fear. Director David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) orchestrates the different moods and energies with old-pro finesse.
“Silver Linings Playbook” was shot largely on location in Ridley Park, but there’s also a big scene that takes place at Lincoln Financial Field. Other Philly-area locations include Upper Darby’s Llanerch Diner, the Lansdowne Theater, Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, the Norristown State Hospital and the Ben Franklin House in Center City.
A love letter to Philadelphia, “Silver Linings Playbook” will make you proud to hail from the Keystone State.