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★★★★☆ There's a scene about midway through David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook (2012) where Bradley Cooper's Pat and Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany - as a pair of troubled characters with mental health problems - are having a monumentally bad date. Pat chases after a furious Tiffany, only to be stopped by the waitress ("Steady on, Mr. Oatmeal) with the bill. Whenever there's a risk of a scene running off into clichéd melodrama, it's brought up short by a moment of realistic detail, turning what could have just been an Oscar-baiting mental health drama into a compelling, clever and oddly hilarious character study.

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