‘Silver Lining’s Playbook:’ Film offers a life plan for the emotionally challenged

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By Fred Allen

Patrick (Bradley Cooper) is a mess. He can’t control his temper, nearly beating to death more than one person in unmanaged anger. When we meet him, he has just been released from a Baltimore mental institution. His mother, Dolores (Jacki Weaver) has picked him up against his psychiatrist’s advice because the court has dismissed him. His first problem is with a close friend inmate (Chris Tucker) which happens just outside the hospital. More involvement later, but that’s good.

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