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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
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence spent weeks practicing the climactic ballroom dance routine with choreographer Mandy Moore. "None of that was improvised, absolutely not," asserts Lawrence. "I'm a terrible dancer, so I would never have been able to do any of that. When it finally came together, that scene really was just as fun as it feels." Lawrence even mentioned that compared to her, Cooper took to dancing quite naturally, when in fact it's her character Tiffany that's supposed to be the experienced dancer, and Pat, the amateur. See more »
When Pat and Tiffany are discussing Nikki's reply letter in Tiffany's apartment, Pat's necklace medallion changes position several times. It alternates from under his collar, over it and then on the back of his collar when he walks away from her. See more »
Oh, she's a mess. You gotta be careful. She goes to a lot of therapy.
I go to a lot of therapy, Ronnie. What are you trying to say?
I'm just saying.
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Started off on fairly interestingly, then devolved into a completely generic rom-com. The idea that true (or passing) love cures mental illness was a joke. (The premise worked better in the far superior A Beautiful Mind, where the main character at least reasoned his way to a more believable kind of sanity and stability, even if that's not really what happened to the real person.)
I do not get all the fuss over this movie. Jennifer Lawrence was good but I was disappointed it had such a pat, Hollywood ending that wrapped up these troubled characters with a big red bow.
Don't believe the hype: This is just standard Hollywood fluff.
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