'Silver Linings Playbook' Opens Wide for Thanksgiving: Why This Movie Appeals to Everyone

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'Silver Linings Playbook' Opens Wide for Thanksgiving: Why This Movie Appeals to Everyone
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Bradley Cooper leads the cast of the 'Silver Linings Playbook.'

The highly anticipated "Silver Linings Playbook" is getting a wider release over the Thanksgiving holiday, and there is reason to believe that the movie will find great success. The romantic comedy about two lost souls that find hope in each other is appealing for plenty of reasons. From a talented and versatile cast to a charming premise that fits the holiday season, this movie seems to have something for everyone. When you think about it, it's hard to find a demographic that shouldn't be interested in watching this film. While it won't set any box office records, "Silver Linings Playbook" should be among the biggest hits of the holiday weekend. Here are a few reasons why the movie will be a success.

The cast appeals to everyone

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the hottest actors right now, and both should draw in their loyal fans. Bradley has gained tremendous fame for his role in "The Hangover" franchise, and this movie will allow him to showcase both his comedic and dramatic talent. Meanwhile, Jennifer might be the biggest up-and-coming actress in Hollywood right now. Not only does she have an Oscar nomination on her resume, but she has also starred in box office hits like "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class." When you add in Chris Tucker and Robert De Niro, this movie arguably has the best cast of the year.

It's funny and dramatic

While guys don't typically line up for romantic comedies unless they have a date on their arm, this movie should have enough humor to pique their interest. The previews feature plenty of guy-oriented scenes, including a brawl at a football game. While there will no doubt be a little drama as the two lead actors navigate through their struggles, the previews have made the movie appear more funny than serious. That's a good thing for a holiday movie, and the right formula for cash at the box office.

It's got Oscar buzz

This is the time of year for movies with Oscar hopes, and "Silver Linings Playbook" is one of the most hopeful. The movie received tons of praise during its festival run, and its limited release was actually moved up in order to capitalize on the hype. Both main actors have been mentioned as Oscar favorites, and director David O. Russell could land his second nomination in three years after his recognition for 2010's "The Fighter." Many people complain that the Oscars recognize movies that they can't relate to, but "Silver Linings Playbook" looks like a major exception to that argument.

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