Silver Linings Playbook and Dinner at Legends Sports Bar
While a jumbo tub of hot buttered popcorn is one of our most frequently indulged guilty pleasures, we think a good movie deserves a little better company than junk food. Try out our movie and meal pairings for yourself or feel free to suggest one of your own favorites in the comments.
Heather Hoch Football, love and beer-- all in this week's Dinner and a Movie.
The Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
The Meal: Legends Sports Bar (formerly Coach & Willie's)
Silver Linings Playbook
Can two sad people make one happy couple? Silver Linings Playbook examines just that, asserting that they can. We decided to watch this Oscar hopeful football and love flick in keeping with the Super Bowl madness earlier this week.
The unconventional rom-com follows Pat's journey to recovery after a violent outburst resulting from his wife's infidelity and a pre-existing but untreated bi-polar disorder. Pat (Bradley Cooper) is kind of like Mark Wahlberg's character in I Heart Huckabees: absurdly optimistic, depressed and searching for meaning in self-improvement. However, Cooper's take on this archetype is a bit more realistic and less goofy.
facebook.com/silverliningsplaybook Depression + Dancing = Love?
On Pat's path to wellbeing he meets a recently widowed woman named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who copes by sleeping with oodles of people. Believe it or not, Pat and Tiff don't end up boning, but become friends in their sadness and common medications. Tiffany tries to help Pat reunite with his wife, who has a restraining order out against him, and in return she asks Pat to be her dance partner for a competition.
Would you believe after Pat begrudgingly agrees to dance with Tiffany that the pair fall in love? While the ending is pretty obvious, the genuine moments of heartache, confusion, pain and anger make it worthwhile. Plus, Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver shine as Pat's flawed but loving parents. Hopefully, we can find something to love at dinner this week just like Pat and Tiffany found each other.