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‘No Hard Feelings’ Review: Jennifer Lawrence Is a Comedy Powerhouse

Jennifer Lawrence Funny. I don’t think that’s too hard to argue. After his breakout role winter’s bones And The Hunger GamesHe became the talk of the town with his Oscar winning role The Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence won our hearts with his down-to-earth personality, his blunt yet charming sense of humor and his willingness to show that at the end of the day he’s human, despite quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the industry. His winning streak ended after the films floundered financially and/or critically X-Men: Apocalypse, Passengers, Mother!And red sparrow. Then suddenly, Lawrence took a step back from the spotlight, got married, had a baby, and then returned to Hollywood with a starring role opposite her. Leonardo DiCaprio In the Oscar-nominated satire Don’t look upAnd just acting along last year Brian Tyree Henry In the acclaimed drama Causeway. Lawrence’s career has been impressive, but what a shocker that he never acted in a true blue comedy. She has been funny in films before, but none of her roles have allowed her to show her true potential as a comedy powerhouse. That has changed now No hard feelings.

The story begins when Montauk native Maddie (Lawrence) wakes up to find her car stolen by her ex-boyfriend Gary (Ibn Moss-Bachrach), which prevents him from making money from his gig as an Uber driver. Maddie has hit a rough patch in her life. After her mother’s death, she started living in her hometown, living in the same house where she grew up. He’s mostly happy with it, except the IRS is on his back, and the wealthy have begun to settle into their homes. After finding an ad on Craigslist where a wealthy couple (Matthew Broderick And Laura Benanti) to date a young woman with their Princeton-bound son Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman) in exchange for a Buick Regal, he finds himself confidently going to a pet rescue and trying to seduce the 19-year-old. Percy is initially intimidated by Maddy’s aggressive flirting techniques, and Maddy considers Percy a bit of a loser. After all, her parents promise to reward her if she takes her virginity. Of course, as the two spend more time together, a friendship begins to form, especially as they begin to learn important lessons from each other.

‘No Hard Feelings’ has a heart as big as a smile

Andrew Barth Feldman and Jennifer Lawrence play laser tag in No Hard Feelings
Image via Sony Pictures

Marketing for No hard feelings A no-holds-barred R-rated comedy full of in-your-face humor, constant innuendos, and F-bombs galore. There’s still plenty here though, what sets this film apart from the rest bad teacher What a big heart it has. Yes, it’s a movie where a completely naked Jennifer Lawrence hilariously beats up a bunch of ne’er-do-well teenagers, but it takes time for the audience to connect with the characters, relate to them, and actively root for them. It looks like something that would have played on the big screen ten years ago, and that’s no bad thing. director Gene Stupnitsky gives No hard feelings A modern day vibe John Hughes Movies with the right mix of laughter, honesty and sweetness. It’s the kind of crowd-pleasing summer comedy we haven’t really had since long shot.

The story itself has that feeling American Pie meet There is something about Mary, and, much like those films, it’s about as predictable as it gets. You can’t fault the film too much for that, it really has a lot going for it and the more cliche nature at times works to its advantage. It feels like comfort food and that special kind of comedy you’ll want to watch again and again. There are a few moments that show promise that ultimately go nowhere, including a brief subplot involving Percy and a more age-appropriate love interest named Natalie (Amalia Yu), but the role of credits in time has forgotten those moments. There are also moments where the jokes start to slow down, but thankfully, the film never loses track of its heartwarming center.

Jennifer Lawrence is ‘No Hard Feelings’ biggest power

Jennifer Lawrence as Maddie in No Hard Feelings
Image via Sony

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance comes as no surprise to anyone No hard feelings‘The greatest wealth. The script, which was co-written by Stupnitsky and John Phillips, was clearly written with him in mind, and it’s hard to see the movie working without him there. Lawrence flexes her comedic muscles in both her dialogue and physical comedy, takes some bold swings with everything she does on screen, and it pays off extremely well. This may be Lawrence’s best work The Silver Linings Playbook And that’s because the film works to all its strengths.

Andrew Barth Feldman is also brilliant as Percy, the young male lead. He pulls off playing an insecure and awkward college freshman in a way that feels authentic but can go toe-to-toe with someone like Lawrence onscreen. The chemistry the two stars share is endearing and even endearing at times. This is not in the sense that viewers will want to see them together romantically, but because their onscreen friendship feels so natural.

The film’s ensemble works well for what they are given. Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti have some effective laughs as Percy’s rich helicopter parents. Natalie Morales And Scott MacArthur Help create some fun back and forth scenes with Lawrence as Maddy’s two best friends.

No hard feelings Sounds like a movie we don’t get much of anymore. R-rated studio comedies aren’t nearly as prevalent on the big screen as they used to be, and that’s a shame because this is a film that shows what makes some of these films so special and so worth revisiting. Hopefully, this leads to many more comedic powerhouse performances from Lawrence.



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