The cast and creators of Jennifer Lawrence’s steamy comedy ‘No Hard Feelings’ weigh in on controversies over her helicopter parents hiring someone to date their teenage son, and the double standard of criticizing the difference in Lawrence’s age with co-star Andrew Barth Feldman.
Now that that of Jennifer Lawrence The first full-length comedy movie, “No Hard Feelings,” has hit theaters, its cast and creators weighing in on some complaints about its gross premise, including a pretty blatant double standard.
One criticism concerns the age difference between the film’s two leads, with Lawrence, 32, acting alongside Andrew Barth Feldman, 21, who plays a bit younger at 19.
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“Have you seen ‘The Graduate’?” co-star Natalie Morales tells The Hollywood Reporter about the latter complaint, arguing that Lawrence is “supposed to play an older woman”.
She goes on to say, “There are so many movies where the male lead is so much older than the female lead, and TV shows in particular, and nobody bats an eyelid. So what’s the difference.”
Director and screenwriter Gene Stupnitsky agrees, noting there was a 15-year age difference between Lawrence and his older co-star. bradley cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and no one batted an eyelid. “It also goes the other way,” he noted.
Of course, the biggest complaint about the film is its overall interest, with some taking issue with the very idea of parents hiring someone to “go out” with their child, even the trailer makes it very clear what they mean. by date when Lawrence character asks this same question.
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“Appointment with him”, says by Matthew Broderick paternal character, as a wife Laura Benanti look son. “I’m going to date his brain,” Lawrence agrees.
The idea that it crosses all parental boundaries, and a little creepy, is so much the point of the satire. But that didn’t stop the outrage.
“I feel like it’s a very satirical look at what can happen if you don’t give your kids a longer leash to figure things out for themselves,” she told THR. . “Otherwise, you’ll end up arranging their lives forever.”
“I guess what happens is when a kid goes to school it’s so scary that they’re happy and they make friends and they take care of themselves that some parents are going out of their way to make that transition work. And it’s a tough time. I’ve been through it,” Broderick admitted. “But you really have to leave them to fend for themselves. But these parents decide to play with nature.”
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Producer Naomi Odenkirk, who found the Craigslist ad that inspired the film’s premise, said, “It’s the parents who push their limits, that’s for sure.”
Fellow producer Marc Provisssiero added, “It’s not that far off from actual parental choices. You want to do everything you can for your child. Where’s the limit.”
Stupnitsky challenges all of those exasperated by the premise to come out of their outrage and consider seeing the movie. “If you feel that when the movie comes out, I’d be surprised,” he told THR.
“We took great care to pay attention to the ick factor because it could go that way,” he continued. “We took a humanistic approach and I think that’s all you can ask for.”
The moral of this story is to let your kids find their own way – and maybe not judge a movie by its trailer (although that’s kind of the point). Comedy is difficult.