Enter young widow Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) -who just happens to have bipolar issues of her own. She's introduced to Jr. by his friend at a dinner party - whose wife has ties to Pat's ex. Tiffany has eyes for Pat but complications ensue when he attempts to have Tiffany intervene by delivering a letter to his ex - necessary because of an outstanding restraining order preventing Pat from having direct contact with his spouse. How those complications play out will end up involving everyone when Tiffany puts a condition on the delivery of Pat's letter: be her partner in a ballroom dancing competition.
Bradley Cooper, best known for his stints in the sophomoric "The Hangover" comedy franchise, finally gets to display some solid acting chops. His bipolar interpretation could be the most convincing that I've ever seen on screen. However, the standout here has to be Jennifer Lawrence. Nominated for Best Actress in 2010 for "Winter's Bone", she is sure to be recognized again by The Academy. Her Tiffany is the perfect outrageous foil for Pat, while creating genuine empathy despite her outrageous behavior. And a special mention goes out to Chris Tucker's hilarious performance as Pat's hospital cell mate, Danny, who always manages to escape the institution and show up at the Solitano household.
Russell co-wrote the script with Matthew Quick, based on his novel, and added a score composed by the always dependable Danny Elfman, to produce a movie that, although somewhat predictable in the end, will definitely have you smiling as you leave the theater.
Bipolar was never this much fun.