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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Watch for the signs

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.

Information

Bradley as: Pat
Other cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles & Jacki Weaver
Directed by: David O. Russell
Written by: David O. Russell (screenplay) & Matthew Quick (novel)
Produced by: Bruce Cohenr, Bradley Cooper, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, Mark Kamine, George Parra, Michelle Raimo, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein & Renee Witt
Box office: The movie opened #17 in the U.S. with $443,003 (limited). The total domestic gross was $132,088,910 and the foreign $103,923,030.
Release: November 16, 2012 (U.S.) | November 21, 2012 (U.K.)
Runetime: 122 min
Rated: Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity.

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Character Quotes

Pat: The only way you can beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.

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.

Reviews

“What works, effortlessly, are the performances. Cooper exudes his usual charisma with an abrasive but vulnerable edge. He plays Pat Solitano, a bipolar high-school teacher who is released from a psychiatric hospital, where he landed after assaulting his wife’s lover. Therapy has left him not cured, but with inexhaustible reserves of optimism and physical energy, though he is still in the depths of obsessive delusion. He is convinced he can get his job and his marriage back, despite restraining orders against going near his wife and the school.”
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

“Cooper and Lawrence could so easily have stumbled over the logistical bumps and clichés strewn across Russell’s defiantly dark script (adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick). Instead, they glide right over them, creating an edgy romantic dramedy that suits our anxious times.”
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

“Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both give inspired performances that allow them to play against type as the unlikely couple at the center of this romance. Cooper sheds his charisma and slick good looks to star as Pat Solatano, a teacher who’s just been released from a mental institution at the film’s start. He suffered a breakdown when he caught his wife in the shower with one of her co-workers. Now, having lost his marriage, home and career, he hopes to start over — and that starts by moving back in with his parents.”
Christy Lemire , Associated Press

Triva

• Bradley previously auditioned for the role of Robert De Niro’s son in Everybody’s Fine. He didn’t get the part.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated Academy Award 2013 Academy Award (Bradley Cooper)
Won AFI Award 2013 Movie of the Year
Nominated BAFTA Awards 2013 Best Leading Actor (Bradley Cooper)
Nominated Golden Globes 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Bradley Cooper)

Production Notes

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