Jennifer Lawrence’s New Comedy ‘No Hard Feelings’ Includes A Birthday Suit Fight Scene (Early Reviews Are Also Sublime)

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Bad news for anyone who sold their Jennifer Lawrence stock at any point over the last few years: the Academy Award winner is back with a new R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings that seems certain to remind everyone why she became such a star in the first place.

Set to hit theaters on Friday, June 23, early reactions to the film (94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes) indicate that it’s not only a return to form for Lawrence but a reminder of what the theatrically-released movie-star-led comedy genre can offer when done right.

One scene that’s apparently caught the attention of fans is a scene in which Lawrence “was buck n*** and violently beats the s*** outta 6 people,” according to one person who saw the film.

Others have compared it to a comedic version of the scene from the David Cronenberg-directed, Viggo Mortensen-starring drama Eastern Promises, which is simply an insane sentence to type and one that single-handily makes me want to see this movie.

In addition to Lawrence, No Hard Feelings — directed by Gene Stupnitsky, who also helmed the well-received 2019 comedy Good Boys — stars Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, and Matthew Broderick.

Here is the official synopsis for No Hard Feelings, via Sony Pictures:

Maddie (Lawrence) thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be more of a challenge than she expected, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.

No Hard Feelings marks Lawrence’s third film since 2021 (including Don’t Look Up and Causeway), as she previously took a few years off following the birth of her first child.

Given box office trends this year — movies like Asteroid City, M3GAN, and A Man Called Otto are overperforming, while projects like The Flash and Elemental are underperforming — there’s a chance that No Hard Feelings winds up being a happy little box office hit.

You can check out the official trailer for No Hard Feelings below: