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Beautiful minds

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These inspirational big-screen characters triumphed over mental illness By Sean AxmakerSpecial to MSN MoviesHollywood movies are all for healing hearts and minds. They just like to do it through a kind of occupational therapy that involves mistaken identities, rollercoaster action adventures, meeting cute or harrowing ordeals that demand extreme survival skills. The movies have not always been so understanding in exploring actual mental illness and emotional damage, with so many portrayals of the afflicted as childlike innocents untarnished by society (we're looking at you, "King of Hearts") or psychopathic killers and murderous sociopaths (it's not called "Psycho" for nothing). Real breakdowns are much messier, the fallout uncomfortable, and the treatment can be long and difficult. Not the usual formula for good times and happy endings. Bing: More about 'Silver Linings Playbook' | More on Bradley CooperWant more Movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter."Silver Linings Playbook" is out in theaters Nov. 21.(Sony Pictures Classics/Fine Line Features/The Weinstein Company)
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