The book was very good, so I went expecting to see my favorite scenes. No, even the name of the main character was changed.I felt sad for the author because his story wasn't really there. So, I had to shelve my expectations. I did like many of the scenes and I think all of the actors did a great job. I really didn't see why the two main characters connected at all, though. I appreciated the realistic and sympathetic portrayal of a bi polar person. This was the first time I have seen Bradley Cooper in a serious part. He has more depth than I expected.