Since her career began in 2008, Jennifer Lawrence has appeared in about 25 films. That some of them are an out and out comedy may surprise some. David and Russell The Silver Linings Playbook As close as Lawrence gets, that film is imbued with a melancholy tenderness that earned the actress her first Academy Award. Now, after stepping out of the spotlight and stepping away from franchise filmmaking, Lawrence is back and better than ever. His latest film, No hard feelings. A dual coming-of-age story lurks within a raunchy comedy that, despite its flaws, is both sweet and hysterical, a chaotic performance from Lawrence that shows the actress can do just about anything.
Lawrence plays Maddie Barker, a Montauk woman whose home — a prime piece of real estate in the beach-side vacation town — is under threat of foreclosure due to delinquent property taxes. When a disgraced ex (Evonne Moss-Bachrach) tows her car, which is also a source of income for her as an Uber driver, Maddie happens upon a Craigslist ad that could change her life. Their son Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman), Alison (Lauren Benanti) and Laird (Matthew Broderick) offer Maddie a Buick in exchange for a “date” to prepare Maddie for her upcoming term at Princeton, which is about to start in the fall. Naturally, chaos ensues. While Maddy tries to seduce awkward Percy in all the wrong ways.