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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

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Against medical advice and without the knowledge of her husband Pat Solatano Sr., caring Dolores Solatano discharges her adult son, Pat Solatano Jr., from a Maryland mental health institution after his minimum eight month court ordered stint. The condition of the release includes Pat Jr. moving back in with his parents in their Philadelphia home. Although Pat Jr.'s institutionalization was due to him beating up the lover of his wife Nikki, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Nikki has since left him and has received a restraining order against him. Although he is on medication (which he doesn't take because of the way it makes him feel) and has mandatory therapy sessions, Pat Jr. feels like he can manage on the outside solely by healthy living and looking for the "silver linings" in his life. His goals are to get his old job back as a substitute teacher, but more importantly reunite with Nikki. He finds there are certain instances where he doesn't cope well, however no less so ... Written by Huggo

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$443,003 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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$132,088,910 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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Throughout the movie, Dolores (Jacki Weaver) announces to her family and visiting friends that she has made "crabby snacks and homemades" for them to eat while watching football. Many critics and viewers outside of the Philadelphia area assumed this was some sort of term for a Philadelphia Eagles food tradition, but most Philadelphia-area viewers were just as mystified by the term as everyone else. Weaver herself, in a November 2012 New York Magazine interview, admitted that she couldn't remember what the term meant, although she had known at the time of shooting the movie. Finally, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that "crabby snacks" are a canapé that Doreen Quick (mother of Matthew Quick who wrote this story) used to make for game days and other gatherings. The recipe consists of canned crabmeat and processed cheese cooked together and spread onto English muffins, and cut into quarters. "Homemades" are egg noodles made from scratch. See more »

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When Tiffany goes to the bar at the dancing contest she asks the bartender for a vodka, she brings the glass to her mouth but you can see that there is not ice inside. In the next shot the glass is full with ice. See more »

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Tiffany: I opened up to you, and you judged me.
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Too gimmicky
18 May 2013 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

The Silver Linings Playbook movie follows a formula, with each character following the same basic development.

Step 1: Characters are neurotic and annoying, creating tension and wearing out the viewer. Step 2: Characters experience an empowering and revealing moment of vulnerability, bringing sympathy to the viewer. Step 3: Characters are supportive and no longer annoying, bringing relief to the viewer.

Every character follows the same routine. It's way too formulaic and gimmicky. The topic of mental illness and the dancing motif also smell like Oscar bait.


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