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Silver Linings Playbook | 2012 | R | - 5.4.10

A man (Bradley Cooper) loses his wife, house and job when he goes to a sanitarium for eight months after punching a coworker. Now he's living with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver), he meets a mysterious woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and begins to forget about reuniting with his wife. Also with Anupam Kher, Chris Tucker, John Ortiz and Julia Stiles. Directed by David O. Russell. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man enters his house and finds male and female clothing strewn in the foyer, up a staircase and into the bathroom where we see the man's wife in full back nudity through a transparent shower curtain; we see a man stand up from where he had been crouched (oral sex is implied), revealing his bare chest and shoulders (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal moderate cleavage, with tight jeans or tights that accentuate the curves of the thighs and lower legs. Women in a professional dance contest wear skimpy costumes that reveal cleavage, bared arms and shoulders and bared legs. In two dance scenes, a woman wears a costume consisting of a sports bra that reveals cleavage and tights as she twirls and rolls her hips suggestively. Several men at a football game in a stadium remove their shirts, painting their chests green.
 A man and a woman embrace and kiss while standing in an empty street. A woman sits in a man's lap and kisses him briefly.
 In a dance move during a contest, a woman jumps to her partner's shoulder, slips and finds her groin in his face as they twirl and the audience laughs.
 A husband and wife wearing pajamas lie side by side in bed under blankets; no sex is implied. A husband goes to a shopping mall to buy sexy lingerie for his wife.
 A woman tells a male friend that since her husband died, she is called a crazy [sexual reference deleted] by her neighbors; she admits that she had sex with all eleven of her coworkers (men and women) and was fired for it and her friend asks how sex with the women was and she replies that is was "hot." A woman tells a male friend that he can have sex with her if he wants, but he declines and says he is still married to his estranged wife (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). We hear that a couple was married three years, with no sex occurring in the last two months, because the wife wanted no children. We hear that a character in a Hemingway novel is pregnant. We hear that a woman had a baby and then we see the baby.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - In a flashback, a man confronts his wife and another older man in the shower; the older man tells the younger man to leave his own house, whereupon the younger man punches the other man and then stomps him in the face as the older man falls (no blood is seen).
 A man punches his mother in the shoulder and she falls as his father screams and attacks his son, slapping him in the face several times (the mother is not hurt, but the two men both have a black eye and bruised faces and the father has a slightly bloody nose). A man turns a woman down for sex and she slaps him in the face (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man reads a book in bed, he does not like the ending, and he curses and throws the book against a wall. A man visits his doctor and demolishes the waiting room, looking for a hidden speaker that is playing a song that he hates. A man shouts loudly because he counts his empty mailing envelopes daily and one day he finds one missing. Riding in a car with his mother driving, a man grabs the steering wheel and the car almost hits another vehicle; the mom shouts at her son.
 A man and a woman in a diner argue about sexual behaviors and she swipes all the dishes on tables onto the floor, breaking plates and glasses; the woman stomps out of the diner amid cheers and whistles from other customers, the man runs after her and she shouts four times, "He's harassing me!" and a police officer grabs the man, whereupon the woman says the trouble was caused by Trick or Treaters and the officer asks her to go have a drink (she walks away, disgusted).
 A father tells his adult son not to drink too much or hit anybody at a football game; at the game, a Caucasian man shouts slurs at Indian people and punches them, unprovoked, when a group of men watching jump in to defend the Indians and many people are taken away by police (later at home with part of the group, the man explains to his dad, who begins to shout and curse).
 A man and his adult son argue repeatedly about sports teams and betting; the son refuses to participate in superstitious behaviors that his dad says, "help him win" and the dad becomes very angry several times. A man and his adult son argue repeatedly about the son's ex-wife and whether she will take him back. Two men argue over using the telephone. Family and friends argue loudly about football scores, shouting and calling each other names and they place bets against each other as the scene ends.
 An older couple's adult son wakes them in the middle of the night three times, angry and shouting about a missing video, a disappointing book and other things; a police officer comes to the door twice to find out what is happening and the mom states that her son has not stabilized on psychiatric medications yet.
 We hear that a widow's husband died when he stopped on the highway to help someone change a flat tire and a car hit him. A man tells friends that he was placed in a psychiatric hospital after assaulting another person. We hear that there is a restraining order against a man to stay away from his ex-wife, his former boss and several other people. We hear several times that an older man is banned from the Philadelphia Eagles stadium because he beat up so many people there during games. A woman in a diner tells a man that all 11 of her coworkers were having fistfights in the restrooms, because they were jealous due to the fact that she had had sex with all of them (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man tells his psychiatrist that he will not take medications, but at home later, we see the man swallow a prescription capsule.
 Halloween costumes on Trick or Treat night include witches, goblins and space heroes that carry fake guns; a woman working in a diner is dressed as a devil and a drawing of a skull hangs on the wall.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 75 F-words, 4 sexual references, 2 obscene hand gestures, 18 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, exclamations (shut up), 39 instances of name-calling (crazy, insane, idiot, dummy, cowards, losers, sleazy, stupid, liar, slut, creep, hypocrite, conformist, troublemaker), 10 stereotypical references to people with mental illnesses, divorced women, parents, angry people, teachers, sports enthusiasts, dancers, gamblers, African Americans, Indians, 7 religious profanities, 13 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man tells his psychiatrist that he will not take medications and we see him swallow a prescription capsule, a man admits to a diagnosis of Bi-polar disorder with hallucinations, two psychiatric patients at a dinner table compare drugs they know about (Lithium, Xanax, methamphetamines, Abilify, Quaaludes and several others), a man asks his adult son if he is taking too many meds, and a man tells friends that he was placed in a psychiatric hospital after using methamphetamines and alcohol as well as suffering from ADD and assaulting another person. A man and friends drink beer from bottles at home during several gatherings, men and women drink beer from cups at a football game, several people drink wine and we see a bottle of wine at a dinner table, several men and women drink from short glasses of rum and the bottle sits on a table at a party, a woman walks up to a bar and consumes two glasses of vodka as a man drinks a glass of vodka and watches her, and we see many tables with men and women drinking alcohol (wine, beer form bottles and glasses of champagne).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illnesses, drugs, gambling, superstitions, love, relationships, family, loss, starting over, trying to change people, finding fulfilling activities, friends.

MESSAGE - Sometimes what we lose is replaced by something better.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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