Cheers To The Man Who Hated Happy Endings

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Cheers To The Man Who Hated Happy Endings

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ou might dismiss Ernest Hemingway as a perennial cockblocker if you got your literature from the movies.

In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat (Bradley Cooper) raises hell over a happy ending that never was. He is mad at Hemingway for the ending of Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s Henry fights for the love of his life and Bradley Cooper in his epic portrayal as a man committed to find silver linings, roots for him the whole time, only to be crushed by the bleakness of the ending. Henry loses not only his love Catherine but also his child. The enraged Pat echoes the sentiment of our generation when he yells, “Isn’t the world fucking hard enough as it is? Can’t somebody say, ‘Let’s be positive, let’s have happy ending?’”