No Hard Feelings marks a triumphant return for Jennifer Lawrence on the silver screen, and it’s clear that audiences missed her as the theater was in a continuous uproar of laughter for most of the film. From a young age, Lawrence proved that she could handle drama and some intense roles, but it wasn’t until now that she gets to go full tilt in the world of comedy and it’s just a shame it took so long! Over the years, she’s shown a knack for humor and genuine improv through many interviews and even on Awards stages as a presenter. It seemed like it was only a matter of time that she got star in a straight comedy, and it comes at a time where the world is sorely lacking authentic and quality comedy productions.
Harkening to a time where the “sex comedy” was King at the box office, No Hard Feelings strikes a perfect chord between raunchy humor and a story with heart at the center of it. Lawrence plays a younger 30’s woman trying to save her mother’s home, finding herself in need of a car to accomplish this goal. It just so happens that two wealthy “helicopter” parents have a car to give to anyone who’s willing to date their 19-year-old son and help get him out of his shell before he goes off to college. Clearly, date could and does mean many things in this film as Lawrence is determined to get her car by any means necessary. However, she didn’t expect Percy, played by newcomer Andrew Barth Feldman, to decline her aggressive sexual advances and force her to get to know him as a person. The film cleverly highlights the differences in the social and dating worlds of two generations who have more in common than they think.
No Hard Feelings also has no problem going for the jugular with some of its jokes and commentary on the new generations who are babied and handed everything by their parents. Of course, the jokes flow both ways and there’s plenty to laugh at about the older generations as well. All in all, No Hard Feelings delivers on every level and should solidify the fact that Lawrence deserves more of these roles. The humor, the heart, and the story all beat as one and prove for a fantastic time at the movies!
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