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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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Matthew Russell ...
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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert De Niro actually teared up during the scene when Pat Sr. tells Pat he wished he was closer to him, which was not scripted. See more »


During the Halloween jogging scene, the background foliage is green, instead of the correct autumn colors. See more »


Pat: The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That's guaranteed. I can't begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday's my favorite day again. I think of what everyone did for me, and I feel like a very lucky guy.
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Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Stevie Wonder
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A Definite Must See
5 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Went to the Mill Valley Film Festival Opening tonight and viewed the film. Bradley Cooper spoke to the audience before the film started. The movie was fantastic. Such a great inspiring film for all. It makes me want to be a better person--for SURE!! Great story line. So passionate, reaches deep into the soul of family, friends, marriage, love, compassion, understanding of others, how we question ourselves and others. Wow, walked away just wanting to see it again. Robert DiNiro played a stunning role as did Bradley Cooper. It reminded me so much of home in WNY and family values. So much of what we forget about love, family and stopping to listen and see the signs. A must see for sure.

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