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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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Matthew Russell ...
Ricky D'Angelo
Cheryl Williams ...
Tiffany's Father (as Patrick Mcdade)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Happiness Therapy  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$443,003, 18 November 2012, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence appeared in American Hustle (2013), Serena (2014), and Joy (2015). See more »


On Halloween night, Tiffany starts screaming when she and Pat are arguing in the street. The cop stops to see what the commotion is and then Tiffany leaves while Pat is still talking to the cop. Up to that point, Tiffany's hair was parted on the side in front and pinned up in back. When Pat catches up with her, her hair is now parted in the middle and mostly down in the back. See more »


Pat: You look nice.
Tiffany: Thank you.
Pat: Oh, I'm not flirting with you.
Tiffany: Oh, I didn't think you were.
Pat: 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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Disappointing and irritating
18 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Critical reaction and user reviews seem to be hugely positive. Let me offer up one dissenting voice. I thought this was virtually unwatchable and would have walked out if I had been seeing it alone. The theme of the film is that most of its characters are mentally ill, or at least damaged, to one extent or another. Unfortunately, this manifests in the form of characters angrily shouting at each other. This extends to about 75% of scenes in the film, at far too great a length, without any wit or craft. None of the major characters is remotely likable. This would be fine if the film was a serious depiction of mental illness. It sits very uncomfortably with a contrived, implausible romcom plot, largely free of originality or surprises. But sadly the romcom element does not extend to more than the occasional funny moment. Jennifer Lawrence is fairly good and the other performances are OK, but the film has nothing else to recommend it. By far the worst film I've seen for over a year.

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