• No hard feelings is a raunchy comedy based on a real-life Craigslist ad that brings Jennifer Lawrence back to the big screen in a hilarious role.
  • The film is largely fictional, as no one responded to the advertisement.
  • While the film is a dirty comedy, it also explores themes of bullying and life after tragedy, showing character growth and providing heartfelt moments.

No hard feelings finally installed Jennifer Lawrence at the center of a raunchy comedy, and the Oscar winner didn’t disappoint. Director Gene StupnitskyThe film follows Maddie (Lawrence), a 32-year-old broke Uber driver, who answers a Craigslist ad from two desperate parents looking for a pretty girl to take the virginity of their awkward son Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman) in exchange for a Buick. Sounds kind of crazy, right? Well, apparently it’s not as far-fetched as you might think, and Lawrence recently revealed at Cinemacon that the basic idea No hard feelings was actually based on a true story.

No hard feelings

On the verge of losing her home, Maddie finds an intriguing job listing: helicopter parents looking for someone to bring their introverted 19-year-old son out of his shell before heading off to college. She has one summer to make him a man or die trying.

Date of issue
June 23, 2023

Gene Stupnitsky

Jennifer Lawrence, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, Ebon Moss-Bachrach


lead time
103 minutes

Main genre


“No hard feelings” is based on a Craigslist ad.

As outlandish as it may seem, the premise No hard feelings was inspired by a real ad on Craigslist that one of the film’s producers came across, Naomi Odenkirk. Odenkirk told ET that a fruitless search on Craigslist for something completely different led her to the site’s “Casual Encounters” section (which, for better or worse for 19-year-old virgins and their desperate parents, no longer exists). . Then she discovered a “fossil ad on Craigslist” that provided the inspiration for No hard feelingsshared this with a fellow producer Mark Provicieroand the rest turned into a fun and lusty story once they pitched the idea to director Gene Stupnitsky.

Stupnitsky read an advertisement of two parents looking for a hot, kind twenty-year-old guy who would bring their son out of his shell in exchange for a car, and wondered what kind of woman would accept their offer. He immediately thought of his good friend Jennifer Lawrence, met her and gave her an ad on Craigslist. Lavrenty “died laughing,” and Stupnitsky and John Phillips I had to work on the script. In an interview, Jennifer Lawrence told the Hot Ones host Sean Evans that she wasn’t even looking for acting work when she received the script four years ago. However, she said that it was the funniest thing she had ever read and that they just wanted to get the movie done as soon as possible. So obviously we have this raunchy sex comedy to thank for bringing J Law back to the big screen.

Jennifer Lawrence’s character in the TV series No Offense is fictional

Bye No hard feelings may be based in reality, it is still largely fictional. As far as we know, no one responded to the Craigslist ad, so Lawrence’s character Maddie, as well as images of teenager Percy and his parents (Matthew Broderick And Laura Benanti), are completely fictitious. Therefore, all the crazy things that happen throughout the film are also fictional, including naked car rides and throat stabbings.

Most obscene comedy No hard feelings begins with Maddie struggling to cover her bills in order to keep her late mother’s house. When her car is repossessed and her well-paying job at Uber is no longer possible, she’s short on money and out of luck (if only Uber rollerbaits were a thing). Q, Maddie’s best friend (Natalie Morales) found an ad on Craigslist from two helicopter parents looking for a sweet, beautiful woman in her twenties who can bolster their nerdy son’s self-esteem and give him some much-needed life experience before he heads off to Princeton in the fall . Although he is slightly older (give or take ten years) than the target audience referred to in the advertisement, Maddie desperately needs a Buick offered as payment for the concert.

She answers the ad, puts on her tightest, pinkest dress, and after meeting his eclectic parents, heads to the animal shelter to meet her new young beau. Percy is a timid and sweet 19-year-old who spends his days hiding in his room and playing video games when he’s not volunteering at an animal shelter or hanging out with rehabilitated dogs. As Maddie struggles to confront the unsuspecting teenager, the two begin to form a real bond, and Maddie discovers the depths of Percy’s worries and the charming young man underneath. Although Percy eventually finds out about the ruse and is understandably furious, he eventually reconciles with both his parents and Maddie, and the film ends with Maddie taking him to Princeton as they both leave home to start over again.

No Offense Is the Heartwarming, Raunchy Comedy Jennifer Lawrence Needed

No hard feelings It’s a hilariously dirty movie, but it wouldn’t work if it weren’t full of heart. Despite being shrouded in the profanity of a late-night sex comedy, No hard feelings delves into complex topics such as dealing with severe bullying or life after tragedy. Although at first glance it seems like there should be an obvious villain in the film, be it overbearing parents or a grown woman trying to get a 19-year-old guy into bed, No hard feelings there really are no bad guys. While many of us would kill our parents if we found out they posted a mating appeal for us online, Percy’s parents really just want their son to be happy, no matter how crazy their methods are.

Likewise, Maddie is not a creep and doesn’t go beyond Percy.instead, he learned to care deeply about him and ended up becoming the friend he needed from the beginning. Even when she behaves in completely inappropriate ways (like fighting naked with teenagers on the beach or trying to seduce Percy when he’s clearly not ready for sex), it’s clear that the film doesn’t condone her actions, but rather uses them as jumping-off points. to show how much Maddie grows throughout the film – and of course, making us cry with laughter.

As we enjoy Lawrence’s stunning debut in the wonderful world of raunchy comedy, we can appreciate the humble beginnings where it all began: two concerned parents on Craigslist and one oddly inappropriate but ultimately well-intentioned cry for help trying to get their son back. paved. Sadly, it seems like the ad that started it all got lost deep in the darkest corners of Craigslist, but luckily someone came across it and thought of Jennifer Lawrence.

No hard feelings is available to stream on Netflix in the US.

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