Jennifer Lawrence has no hard feelings about public abuse.
The Oscar winner and actress-producer of “No Hard Feelings” told it. Sky News that the hallmark of a great comedy film is making viewers uncomfortable.
“I think it’s time for a good old-fashioned laugh,” Lawrence said, “and it’s really hard to do a comedy where you don’t offend people. Everyone will be offended by this film in a way: you’re welcome.
The ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ actress continued, ‘Something we learned from old time comedies is that mean comedy isn’t really funny, it makes anybody feel bad about themselves, other than me kidding myself. But the way we did it is okay, we figured it out.
Lawrence’s ‘No Hard Feelings’ co-star Andrew Barth Feldman echoed her sentiments about the Gene Stupnitsky-directed film that follows a failed Uber driver (Lawrence) on his quest to get a new car… having sex with a 19-year-old Teenager bound for Princeton (Feldman).
“We have to be able to deal with the offense,” Feldman said. “There was and is like a big overcorrection because we realized there were so many things we were joking about that we shouldn’t have been. I think this movie does a really good job of continuing to push the envelope while still arguing that the things these people are doing are wrong and not a good idea.
The current debate over the state of comedy films in Hollywood has also involved Melissa McCarthy.
“Somehow the new logline is that comedies don’t work,” the “Bridesmaids” star recently said. “I think bad comedies, I think bad movies don’t work, but I’m going to fight to my last breath, which will be in about 4 other wings, that comedies are important and I think it brings people together.”
He continued: “I don’t know why, because we never needed to laugh more. Comedy allows you to sit next to someone whose ideas don’t match. And maybe you get a little closer.”