Try as we may to give our hearts what our mind is set on, we can’t ignore the validity of the old saying “the heart wants what the heart wants.”
Pat Solatano Jr. (Bradley Cooper) is freshly released from the Baltimore mental hospital after beating the sheeeayt out of the man he caught his wife, Nikki, fooling around with. Having a restraining order against Pat, he can’t exactly just go visit her. To add to his misery, he learns that she has moved away after the incident. At a dinner with Pat’s friend Ronnie, he meets Ronnie’s sister-in-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). He quickly finds that if anyone is more messed up than him, it’s her. The dinner proves to be dramatic, and ends in Pat walking Tiffany home. Tiffany eventually offers to sneak a letter from Pat to Nikki, seeing as Tiffany’s sister is still friends with Nikki. But Pat has to help Tiffany out with something first…a dancing competition.
I have heard of this movie since it first premiered in 2012, but I never got around to viewing it. Despite all of the good things I had heard about it, I guess it just never “looked” appealing enough to my senses. What I forgot, was just how amazing a Bradley Cooper movie can be, especially with the help of the incredible Jennifer Lawrence. Together these two talented individuals showed us just how insane life can get and what it can do to us if we let the craziness in. With a dash of razzle dazzle and a splash of romance, one hell of a romantic comedy emerged.
It isn’t even the romance that makes this film such a joy to see. It’s the humanity! Truth be told, not one single person on this planet is 100% sane. We all have some craziness in us! A part of us that brain farts on occasion, or develops some absurd idea when we are around our friends. Yup, we’re freak’n crazy! But we don’t look at it that way. We think we are just so much smarter and higher up than the next person, especially when we see someone publicly flaunting their wackiness. Magnifying that wackiness is precisely what this movie does! It not only expresses humanities loony flaws, but it also demonstrates what triggers such behavior. And it does this very well if I do say so myself.
To refer to my saying at the beginning of this post about the heart wanting what it wants…Pat was very closed minded about love, and wanted his wife back above anything else. But he wasn’t following his heart, his was following his clouded imagination that his life would be exactly the same. Even though Pat’s wife was in the wrong by being with another guy, he still wasn’t ready to lose her. Pat is the type of person who doesn’t deal so well with change. He expected his life to get back to normal after his release. He wanted his old job back, and most of all, his wife. Accepting things the way they are and opening our eyes to new possibilities is a genuine test of our strength as people. It may take time, it may hurt like hell, and it may change who we are forever more. But that isn’t always a bad thing as Pat eventually learned.
I also have to say that I adored Pat’s parents because they cared about him so much (not to mention Robert De Niro played his father). His father with his superstitious ways, and his mother just coping with it all, just felt so real. This also put additional strain on Pat as he found something to do with his time. With his time devoted to Tiffany, his dad didn’t get to see him very often. He was his fathers good luck charm, and he wasn’t there for his dad as often as he could have been…yet another aspect of his life that he would later open his eyes to.
This movie won’t have you in tears, but it will likely connect to you in one way or another. In my book, that’s reason enough to like it. If that isn’t enough for you though, I still think that you will be able to appreciate the reality and lessons that are embedded into this film.
Total Abstract Rating: 90% If you’ve already seen it, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you haven’t, then get your to-do list out and add it!
Thanks for reading.