The film opens with Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) being discharged from a mental health institution by his mother, Dolores (Jacki Weaver), after 8 months of a court ordered stint. After discovering his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee), was having affair, Pat pummelled the involved man to a pulp, was institutionalised, and had a restraining order placed upon him. Now, out of care, he tries to come to grips with his bi-polar disorder and tries to settle back into his old life with the intention of winning back Nikki. He soon meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a girl with similar disorders, who seems to take a liking to him straight away but, as well as trying to fit in to his father's (Robert De Niro) superstitious affairs, Pat really just wants to impress Nikki. He loses weight, takes up jogging, and it seems like the secret to getting back with Nikki may lie within Tiffany and her connections. But will it be smooth sailing for Pat or will his history and therapy get in the way?
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A completely delightful film. Touching, funny, and, most importantly, topical. A film that makes you think and look at the world around you.
Best Bit? The finale is guaranteed to put a smile on even the most miserable bastards face.