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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 December 2012 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Happiness Therapy  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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


$132,088,910 (USA) (31 May 2013)

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Did You Know?


When Tiffany runs out of the diner and Pat chases her on their raisin bran "date" and they stop in front of the movie theater on Halloween to argue; the movie on the marquee is The Midnight Meat Train (2008), a previous Bradley Cooper picture. See more »


The closing credits acknowledge the Budweiser products of Anheuser-Busch brewery, but the company is misspelled to read "Annheuser." See more »


Ronnie: Oh, she's a mess. You gotta be careful. She goes to a lot of therapy.
Pat: I go to a lot of therapy, Ronnie. What are you trying to say?
Ronnie: I'm just saying.
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Always Alright
Written by Zac Cockrell (as Zachary Cockrell), Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard & Steven Johnson
Performed by Alabama Shakes
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Incredible, incredible, incredible!
9 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Hamptons International Film Festival as the Spotlight film and it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is so relatable, even if you don't suffer from the same afflictions as the main characters, and its implications are so far-reaching that everyone, I believe, can learn a little something from Pat and Tiffany. The story sends such wonderful messages about finding the "silver lining" and is uplifting, even in the seemingly most dire circumstances. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are phenomenal, and I found myself really attached to their characters. This is a must see for everyone! And I will be seeing it again when it hits theaters in November.

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