HOLIDAY HEART WARMERS. The festive period should be about friends, family, romance and serendipity. The below flicks have all of these things, plus all of your favorite stars
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
“Silver Linings Playbook” is a genuinely heartwarming movie that unsurprisingly garnered some eight Academy Award nominations following its release. The film follows Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a young teacher who loses his wife, house and job while battling a previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder. After spending eight months in a state mental institution, he is forced to move back in with his parents and start rebuilding his life. Along the way, Pat meets another lost soul named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who promises to help him reconnect with his estranged wife. In return, Pat has to help Tiffany with a dance project and they inevitably fall hopelessly in love during this pursuit. The chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence makes for remarkable viewing, while charming and humorous performances from the rest of the cast complete the picture.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Time traveling at midnight and a resulting love affair with the city of Paris give lead character Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) an enlightening new perspective on the shortcomings of his relationship with his shallow fiancée (Rachel McAdams). Exploring themes of nostalgia and modernism, “Midnight in Paris” just feels special, much like the city itself.
I LOVE YOU, MAN
In this great “bromance” movie, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a friendless real estate agent who goes on a series of man-dates to find a best man for his wedding. When he meets Sydney (Jason Segel), their quirky and charming friendship changes everything.
A well-executed romantic comedy with some fantastically cheesy dialogue, “The Holiday” is a classic of the genre. The plot follows two busy and attractive career women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who switch homes for the holidays only to unexpectedly meet their perfect other halves at the other end.
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