I loved Silver Linings Playbook because it made me feel everything.
Pat, the main character, seems to have trouble feeling things too, and in the opening scene, he's being released from a mental hospital in Baltimore after being treated for a bipolar disorder.
Along the way, Pat meets Tiffany, a young widow that may be just as crazy as he is. He thinks she can help him get back together with his wife. She needs a partner to enter a dance competition.
There are a few plot devices used that may cause you to roll your eyes, and the story gets a bit wobbly as it enters the third act because of them, but by that time, the characters had built up enough good will with me that I was willing to accept that and enjoy the conclusion.
Those characters were so likeable thanks to the great performances by Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, all nominated for Academy Awards for this film.
I have a hard time reconciling how David O. Russell, who directed the movie and adapted the Matthew Quick novel for the screenplay, could make both this, one of my favorite movies of all time, as well as 2004's I Heart Huckabees, which is one of my least favorites. Kudos to him.
Silver Linings was released on a limited basis back in November, and was widely released on Christmas Day, but you can still find it in several theaters today.
See it now, or see it when it hits Netflix/On Demand/DVD/Blu-ray, but see it.