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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
The dance routine that Tiffany shows Pat on her mobile phone is from 'Singing in the Rain' (1952) and features Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. They subsequently include part of this sequence in their routine for the competition. See more »
When Pat is talking to Pat Sr. about taking the envelope, it is snowing outside. When Pat leaves to go to Tiffany's house, there is no snow on the ground. See more »
You look nice.
Oh, I'm not flirting with you.
Oh, I didn't think you were.
I just see that you made an effort, and I'm gonna be better with my wife. I'm working on that. I wanna acknowledge her beauty. I never used to do that. I do now. Just practicing. How'd Tommy die?
[Tiffany looks shocked and sad]
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It is unfair towards the book, Silver Linings Playbook, to call this movie by the same name. It is not at all the alike and every single character's personality is completely different from the original text. The story had been edited to suit the needs of the mainstream, superficial movie goer.
The movie is predictable whereas the book isn't at all. The movie is devoid of any deep, real feelings, whereas the book is filled with it. The movie is more suitable for extroverts and the book more suitable for introverts. The book would help you to get to know the main character much better.
Do yourself a favour: switch the screen off and go read the book. It is brilliant...unlike the movie.
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