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"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK"
(2012) (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Mild
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: After an eight-month stint in a psychiatric hospital, a young man tries to get his life back together while interacting with an equally troubled young woman he's just met.
PLOT:
Having served eight months in a psychiatric hospital for pummeling a man he caught in the shower with his wife, Nikki (BREA BEE), Pat Solitano (BRADLEY COOPER) leaves fellow patient and friend Danny (CHRIS TUCKER) at the institution to go back home and live with his parents, Pat Sr. (ROBERT DE NIRO) and Dolores (JACKI WEAVER).

Despite having lost everything -- his job, home and wife -- Pat is determined to get all of them back. While his mom just wants him to be happy, his dad simply wants him to be around on game day as a good luck charm for their hometown Philadelphia Eagles, what with Pat Sr. acting as a betting bookie and often placing his own wagers with friend Randy (PAUL HERMAN).

Diagnosed as bipolar with some OCD issues and under the care of Dr. Cliff Patel (ANUPAM KHER), Pat tries to believe there are silver linings to everything and is sure Nikki wants him back. Thus, he agrees to have dinner with his friends Ronnie (JOHN ORTIZ) and Veronica (JULIA STILES), especially since the latter occasionally sees Nikki.

It's there that he meets Veronica's younger sister, Tiffany (JENNIFER LAWERENCE), who's led a troubled life following the accidental death of her cop husband. She and Pat sense kindred spirits in each other, but it also doesn't take much for their beliefs and behavior to have them at odds with each other. As their friendship develops, the two come to an unusual arrangement to help each other.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might, especially if they're fans of Cooper, Lawrence, anyone else in the cast or films by director David O. Russell.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language and some sexual content/nudity.


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