Pat Solitano, Bradely Cooper, was a substitute teacher in a rocky marriage. All falls apart when he comes home to find his wife and a fellow colleague together. In short he has a mental break down and severely beats his colleague and is sent to a mental hospital. During this time he is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spends the duration of the movie on his road to learning to live with his diagnosis.
When he meets Tiffany he becomes obsessed with contacting his wife and making things right. Tiffany along with Pat is also dealing with the hand life had dealt her and is trying to cope with her late husband’s death. Together, through the ups, the downs, the superstitions, learn to live, let go, and love again.
Jennifer Lawrence puts on a great performance by being able to show her “tough side” much like in the Hunger Games but also incorporating the emotions and self-worry that comes with the loss of a loved one.
Bradely Cooper truly represents the struggle it is to not only deal with bipolar disorder but also learn to live and even find love after having a broken heart. As for his parents Jacki Weaver and Robert de Niro both parents possessed the caring mentality but also fear of their son’s sanity. De Niro is a superstitious football obsessed man in the movie and all and all adds to the idea of the movie that as crazy as we are and the things we do are, maybe there is no normal and if so, maybe none us are “normal” after all.