Here’s another blog from a Mississauga Chiropractor…
Against medical advice and without the knowledge of her husband Pat Solatano Sr. (Robert De Niro), Dolores Solatano (Jacki Weaver) discharges her adult son, Pat Solatano Jr. (Bradley Cooper), 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 (Brea Bee), 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 than some others who have never been institutionalized, such as his Philadelphia Eagles obsessed OCD father who has resorted to being a bookie to earn a living, his best friend Ronnie (John Ortiz) who quietly seethes over the control wielded by his wife Veronica (Julia Stiles), and Veronica’s widowed sister, Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence), a recovering sex addict.
In their fragile mental states, Pat Jr. and Tiffany embark on a love/hate friendship based primarily on what help the other can provide in achieving their individual goals. Tiffany must try to help get Nikki back into Pat Jr.’s life and Pat Jr. must be Tiffany’s dance partner in an upcoming dance competition. But as their relationship progresses, they start re-evaluating their goals.
What I liked: Jennifer Lawrence was excellent in her role as awkward recovering sex addict. She had great chemistry with Bradley Cooper, and their vast difference in age was just an after thought. Bradley Cooper was great as well. I loved his unfiltered personality. I also really enjoyed the dance number that was chorographed for this film. It was a great mash-up of different genres. I loved Chris Tucker`s role of Crazy Danny. And the Psychiatrist Dr. Cliff Patel was hilarious at the Tail-gating party.
What I didn`t like: The movie really veered away from the book. Instead of spending 4 years in the mental institute, they said that Pat Jr. was only there of 8 months. I thought that the impact wasn`t as great with the less time away. The reveal of the reason why Nikki left Pat was also revealed too soon, as compared to the book. Pat`s brother was a little too old in this movie, and the cop had a bigger role than he did in the book.
Overall I would give this film 8/10 stars. Definitely Check it out! Happy Viewing!