No Hard Feelings: A Review Of Jennifer Lawrence’s Latest Comedy

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By Iron Man

In the uproarious comedy “No Hard Feelings,” Jennifer Lawrence takes on a daring role that pushes the boundaries of taste and humor. Directed by Gene Stupnitsky, known for his work on the hit film “Good Boys,” this film promises a wild and unconventional ride. However, as we delve into the layers of this bawdy comedy, it becomes clear that taste and laughs are in slim supply. With Jennifer Lawrence at the helm, it’s worth exploring the highs and lows of her latest cinematic endeavor and the overall impact of the film’s comedic choices. Let’s dive into the world of “No Hard Feelings” and examine its successes and shortcomings.

A Farce of Physical Punishment

From the very beginning, “No Hard Feelings” establishes itself as a film that revels in physical comedy. Jennifer Lawrence fearlessly embraces her role as Maddie Barker, enduring a barrage of absurd and over-the-top comedic violence. Whether it’s getting sprayed in the face with mace or enduring blows to sensitive areas, Lawrence’s commitment to the physicality of the role is undeniable. Under the direction of Gene Stupnitsky, known for his work on the hit film “Good Boys,” the comedy relies heavily on slapstick humor and outrageous stunts.

A Tawdry Tale of Deception

Jennifer Lawrence in new movie No Hard Feelings

Beneath the surface of “No Hard Feelings” lies a rather sordid and demeaning storyline. Maddie Barker, a struggling 30-something from Long Island, finds herself accepting a dubious proposition from a wealthy couple. Her mission is to befriend, seduce, and ultimately deflower their socially awkward son, played by Andrew Barth Feldman. While Maddie adamantly denies being a sex worker, the film teeters on the edge of exploiting its characters and perpetuating regressive sexual politics. The discomfort created by the premise leaves the audience questioning the choices made by the filmmakers.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Bold Comeback

Jennifer Lawrence in No Hard Feelings

It is puzzling why Jennifer Lawrence, an Academy Award-winning actress, selected “No Hard Feelings” as her mainstream comeback vehicle. While she injects the role of Maddie with undeniable energy and enthusiasm, the film’s dated comedic style and questionable content do not showcase Lawrence’s full potential. The presence of Matthew Broderick as Laird and Laura Benanti as Allison Becker adds some star power to the cast, but it does little to elevate the film beyond its problematic foundation. Andrew Barth Feldman’s portrayal of the nerdy Princeton-bound son provides a charming foil for Lawrence’s character, but it is not enough to salvage the overall misstep of the movie.

Conclusion: A Mixed Bag of Comedy

No Hard Feeling starring Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth Feldman

No Hard Feelings” attempts to deliver laughs through its outlandish physical comedy and outrageous premise. Jennifer Lawrence’s fearless performance and the comedic talents of the cast bring some moments of amusement. However, the film’s reliance on crude humor and its problematic storyline hinder its overall appeal. While Lawrence’s dedication to the role is commendable, “No Hard Feelings” ultimately falls short of providing a truly satisfying comedy experience. As audiences dissect the film, it becomes evident that taste and genuine laughs are indeed in short supply in Jennifer Lawrence’s latest venture.