After Jacki Weaver (as Pat’s mother), picks him up from the institution and brings him home, his father (played by Robert DeNiro), is unsure if his son will make a good transition, out of the institution, but towards the end, he gives the only advise that was needed to get his son to stop his girlfriend from walking away, “Let me tell ya. You gotta pay attention to signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back… I’m telling you.” Chris Tucker, as Pat’s friend, is so cool, even in his short role. And it is the community that helps Pat heal. Anupam Kher, is splendid in his role as non condescending and compassionate, optimistic and also realist therapist.
I loved this movie, not the least because I love happy endings. I strongly adhere in life, to the power of love. “Life is random and fucked-up and arbitrary, until you find someone who can make sense of it all for you— if only temporarily.” When life throws its own curve balls and drives you crazy, the ultimate healing does not come from therapy sessions, institutions, drugs or discipline, but from love and affection and kindness and from play – music, dancing, sports. This movie has it all; beautifully woven together!