Why can’t I get this movie out of my head? Lauren and I decided to catch a 3:50 pm matinee showing in the discount theater down the road this afternoon, walking in with no expectations and walking out curious and extremely fascinated. If you haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, you need to make it a priority.
Something about Bradley Cooper movies just entertain me. He may never get credit for being an elite actor, but he rarely disappoints. And besides, I am a sucker for romance. Even if it is bi-polar and psychotic.
The reason the movie keeps nagging me – I mean just will not leave me alone – is that I see myself in that movie. And if you’ve seen it, I would be willing to bet that you can see yourself in that movie too. Because who are we kidding, we are all messed up in one way or another. We all have our scars, our oddities, our imperfections. We all have that secret part of our inner conscious that no one else can truly enter; that part of our mind that scares the hell out of us.
Two things I took from the movie:
1) Family has the ability to be one’s anchor to solid ground, or the final push off the edge of a cliff. Our family or lack there of sets the stage for how we embrace or reject different aspects of life. Security and a sense of belonging are necessities before any other sort of progress can be made.
2) Judgment is futile when we are all the same. Yeah the bi-polar guy at the psychiatric hospital has serious problems. The child molester in prison has serious problems. But don’t forget about the lucrative business owner who has a fear of failure. Or the young mother who worries her children don’t love her. Or the aspiring math teacher with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder.
If you stop to think about it, we are all more than a little crazy. One moment away from a breakdown. So what do we do about it?
We can choose to mentally curl up in the fetal position and bolt all the locks inside our brain so that no one else can enter… OR we can open up the curtains and allow a little light to find its way in. Who knows, maybe after a while our friends and neighbors will do the same thing. Then maybe, just maybe, we wont be forced to live in such a “normal” world after all.