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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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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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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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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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The title "Silver Linings Playbook" is a source of confusion for some, especially people not very familiar with idiomatic English. The "Silver Linings" part of the title comes from the common expression "every cloud has a silver lining," which means "look on the bright side" or "nothing is all bad." The first documented use of the phrase in this way is from John Milton's 1634 work "Comus I." A "Playbook" is a written or mental list of athletic strategies that a coach creates to guide a team through a game or a sport. So in combination, the title refers to an arsenal of strategies for Pat to use while trying to look on the brighter side of life. Similar expressions were used in foreign releases, such as: "The Bright Side of Things", "The Bright Side of Life", or "Games of Destiny" (Spain/Latin America), "Optimistic Guide" (Greece), "Happiness Therapy" (France), "Positive Thinking" (Italy), "Guide for Ultimate Happiness" (Portugal), "My Light of Hope" (Turkey), and "Sunny Side" (Hungary) to name a few. See more »

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When Pat takes his first dose of medicines at home in the kitchen he has a Seroquel 100 mg tablet and a capsule of generic ranitidine (compare to Zantac) 150 mg by Apotex, used for blocking histamine 2 receptors to reduce acid levels in the stomach. The capsule is likely meant to lead the viewer to believe it is lithium carbonate. See more »

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[repeated line]
Pat Sr.: Have some respect for what I do.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.36 (2015) See more »

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Hustle and Cuss
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Written by Jack Lawrence and Alison Mosshart
Performed by The Dead Weather
Published by Domino Publishing Company of America Inc.
Courtesy of Third Man Records, LLC.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group
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Sooooooooooo good
21 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to make it into the Austin Film Festival screening of this film, and my god it was worth the wait. David O. Russel has outdone himself with this beautiful portrayal of a dysfunctional family searching for a way to come together. Bradley Cooper has won me finally with his odd and hilarious character. Jennifer Lawrence is dashing as ever with the hysterical role of Tiffany, a depressed woman trying to find a way out of her issues. This whole film has powerhouse performances, a laugh-out-loud script with heart, and a way to get the audience attached to its likable characters. I definitely recommend this film to everyone, and you are sure to see this as Osacr buzz.


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