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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
Before and during the February 4, 2018, Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence received media attention for their continued support of the Eagles and their connection to Eagles fandom via this movie. Cooper attended the game and was often shown on camera, with the commentators reminding viewers of his Philadelphia upbringing and his role as an Eagles superfan in Silver Linings Playbook. And multiple media outlets reported that Jennifer Lawrence was on a Delta Air Lines flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles on Superbowl Sunday when she led the passengers in a cheer for the Eagles over the plane's loudspeaker. The Eagles ultimately won their first-ever Super Bowl, beating the Patriots 41 to 33. See more »
The Eagles' games mentioned during the film took place during the 2008 season, but they take place out of the order in which they actually occurred. See more »
Can we get through one fucking conversation without you reminding me that my goddamn husband's dead?
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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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