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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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David O. Russell

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David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Pat
Jennifer Lawrence ... Tiffany
Robert De Niro ... Pat Sr.
Jacki Weaver ... Dolores
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$443,003, 18 November 2012, Limited Release

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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When Pat's mother drives him home from the institution in Baltimore, they pass Lincoln Financial Field on the right side of the car. That would indicated they are driving down I-95 south bound. Ridley Park, where the movie takes place, is on the south side of Philadelphia. Since both Baltimore and Ridley Park are south of Philadelphia it would make no sense for them to drive north of the stadium and make a U-turn and head south, again. See more »

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Pat Sr.: Yeah, have Ernest Hemingway call us and apologize to us too.
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It's a platinum lining, not just silver.
16 November 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I'm remaking myself." Pat (Bradley Cooper)

Silver Linings Playbook doesn't play by the current romantic comedy book—No scatology, nudity, f-bombing, or feminist and gay bashing. It's simply a smart playbook about the mental institution's recently-released Pat Solitano (Cooper, shedding his Hangover boy-man shtick), who may be saner than his dad, an OCD gambler (Robert De Niro), and Bradley's new friend, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence).

But that comparison is all relative because director David O. Russell (remember his funky family in Flirting with Disaster?) allows each character in this dramedy to become whole and interesting without becoming marginalized.

After some serious outbursts of anger, Pat starts training for a dance competition with Tiffany in order to make contact with and eventually impress his estranged wife, Nikki (Brea Bee).

The eventualities of the story are not half as stimulating as the plot along the way, some of the best scenes centered around the family squabbling about the Philadelphia Eagles or Pat's relationship with that "slut," Tiffany. When Pat confronts his parents at 4 AM about the deficiency of Hemingway's ending to A Farewell to Arms and when Russell places under another scene Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash singing Girl from the North Country, you know you're in a film that follows no particular playbook.

The dynamics as fostered by these superior actors are some of the best ensemble work this year. In fact, this is so far the best of the romantic comedies in recent memory. Pat and Tiffany may be bi-polar, but they can dance the stars into your eyes.

Jennifer Lawrence plays so different a character from those in Winter's Bone and Hunger Games that it may take you a scene or two to recognize her. But when she dances, you'll confirm she's one of the best young actresses in Hollywood, and this film one of the best of the year.


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