n Silver Linings Playbook,
we get Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), a former teacher, newly released
from a mental institution after a violent psychotic incident, heading
back into the hornet’s nest that he calls home, the South Philly
domicile of his parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki
As a story about a scrappy, working-class nobody who gets an unexpected shot at the title, David O. Russell's 'The Fighter' was bound to earn comparisons to 'Rocky.' And the comparisons are justified — not just because of its plot but also because of its concern for quirky characters and a sense of place. Grade: B-plus.