This week CCEF explores the academy award winning film Silver Linings Playbook. The movie captures the real, gritty lives of two people: Pat Solatano and Tiffany Maxwell. Pat lost everything—his wife, his house, his job—and has recently left a psychiatric hospital. Tiffany’s husband died not long ago and she is haunted with grief and guilt. As Pat and Tiffany begin a friendship together, they test the question: does life really have a silver lining?
Why talk about a movie? As believers we want to meaningfully engage in our culture’s unique art forms. And this movie in particular lends itself to a rich discussion about issues like mental health, relationships and family ties. That said, please be advised that the film is rated R and contains profanity and some nudity. Read a parent’s guide to the film here, and please be aware of who is in the room when you listen.
Bradley Cooper as Pat
Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany
Robert De Niro as Pat Sr.
Jacki Weaver as Dolores
Chris Tucker as Danny
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Ed is a faculty member and counselor at CCEF, where he has served since 1981. He holds a doctor of philosophy in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and a master of divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed is a licensed psychologist and has been active in local church ministry for decades. He has written numerous books, including When People Are Big and God Is Small (P&R Publishing, 1997), Shame Interrupted (New Growth Press, 2012), Side by Side (Crossway, 2015), and Created to Draw Near (Crossway, 2020).
Dean of Faculty
Mike is the Dean of Faculty and a counselor at CCEF, where he has served since 2001. He holds a doctor of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to joining CCEF, Mike worked as a family physician for eleven years. He has particular interests in working with ministry leaders and with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and OCD. He has published numerous books, including CrossTalk (New Growth Press, 2009), Descriptions and Prescriptions (New Growth Press, 2017), and Saints, Sufferers, and Sinners (New Growth Press, 2021).