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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David O. Russell

Writers:

David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Pat
Jennifer Lawrence ... Tiffany
Robert De Niro ... Pat Sr.
Jacki Weaver ... Dolores Solitano
Chris Tucker ... Danny
Anupam Kher ... Dr. Cliff Patel
John Ortiz ... Ronnie
Shea Whigham ... Jake
Julia Stiles ... Veronica
Paul Herman ... Randy
Dash Mihok ... Officer Keogh
Matthew Russell Matthew Russell ... Ricky D'Angelo
Cheryl Williams Cheryl Williams ... Tiffany's Mother
Patrick McDade ... Tiffany's Father (as Patrick Mcdade)
Brea Bee ... Nikki

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Among its eight Academy Award nominations, this film became the first to earn nods in all four acting categories since Reds (1981), and the first "Big Five" (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Writing) nominee since Million Dollar Baby (2004). Director David O. Russell repeated the same rare feat the following year with American Hustle (2013). See more »

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When Pat's dad says, "What is this craziness with Tiffany Maxwell?" Pat responds, but his mouth does not move. See more »

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Pat: Mom, can we stop at the library? I want to read Nikki's entire high school syllabus.
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Amore A Forza
Written by Piero Piccioni
Performed by Piero Piccioni
Courtesy of IDM Music Ltd.
on behalf of Bixio and Cinevox Records Srl
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Thoroughly enjoyable
11 February 2021 | by Brendan-Boyle-28-195642See all my reviews

This movie just did everything right. The characters were all interesting, the two leads were absolutely electric together in every scene. Screenplay never let up, nothing cliche here, and the movie had a good pace. Laugh out loud funny in some parts, even with a very serious subject matter. And a very accurate portrayal of the manic side of bipolar disease.

I want more movies like this; sure, there is an overall formula here, but it breaks a lot of rules along the way, never becomes sappy or predictable. And the characters all develop, have great lines, and the acting is all first rate. A pleasure to experience.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Linings Playbook See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$443,003, 18 November 2012

Gross USA:

$132,092,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,412,453
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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