Pat was released in the mental institution under the care of his father Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, Sr., (Robert De Niro) and his mother Dolores Solitano (Jacki Weaver). Pat’s main goal now is to get his ex-wife (who moved away and obtained a restraining order) back through hard work, perseverance and a lot of creepy stalking. Restraining order? He does not understand what you mean by that.
Pat was invited to have dinner at his friend Ronnie’s (John Ortiz) house with his wife Veronica (Julia Stiles). There he meets Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence), Veronica’s sister who suffers from depression and relationship problems. Why? Tiffany became a widow at a young age after her beloved husband died in a sudden, tragic accident that she felt responsible for. In order to ease her pain, Tiffany had meaningless sexual activity with everyone at her office.
As the dinner goes on, Tiffany tries to connect with Pat and even offers casual sex. However, Pat declined and want to keep focused on getting her ex-wife back (crazy in love, remember?). But Tiffany is determined and tries to get closer to him and even offers him to deliver a letter to Nikki. In return, Tiffany asks Pat to be her dancing partner in an upcoming dance competition (which she does as a therapy).
Pat reluctantly agrees to believe that competition will be a great way to show his ex-wife that he is changed and became a better person. And so over the following weeks, the two begin practicing for the competition. Eventually, Danny was released from the mental institution and taught Tiffany and Pat some dance moves to add to their routine.
Meanwhile, Pat Sr. wants to open his own restaurant. To do that, he resorted to illegal bookmaking and virtually bet all his money on the result of Philadelphia Eagles. He believes in superstitious beliefs and asks his son, Pat Jr., to attend and watch the game as a good luck charm. Pat asks for a time off from their dance practice in order to attend the game.