Jennifer Lawrence's R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings is now streaming on Netflix in the US, where it has topped the most-watched movies list. The film, directed by Gene Stupnitsky and produced by Lawrence herself, is available for wide-watching by any US-based folks.
Lawrence plays Maddie Baker, a struggling Uber driver, and bartender who answers a Craigslist ad for an unusual job: to "date" the shy and inexperienced Percy Becker (Andrew Barth Feldman) before he leaves for Princeton University, with an extreme emphasis on the "date". Percy's parents (Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti), wealthy cryptocurrency investors, hope that Maddie can help Percy learn how to party and have fun before college. Maddie accepts the challenge, and the two embark on a chaotic and often bizarre journey that leads to a genuine bond.
The X-rated film received some buzz for the content of the film, but specifically around one particularly risque scene that left viewers lost for words. While some fans were shocked Lawrence got involved, Lawrence herself thought it was too good to pass. She told Variety, "Everyone in my life and my team is doing the right thing and going, 'Are you sure? Are you sure? Are you sure?' "I didn't even have a second thought. It was hilarious to me."
The Sony Pictures Entertainment movie grossed an impressive $15 million at the box office in its opening weekend, taking in $50.5 million domestically and $87.1 million worldwide over its theatrical run. Consequently, No Hard Feelings was one of the more successful romantic comedy films we have seen in the last decade. With a significantly slowed-down release of many Netflix-produced TV series and films, their current focus lies in licensing released films to keep audiences engaged with the platform and compete with other streaming platforms like Max, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. At the shareholder's meeting last quarter, Netflix wrote in a letter, "As the competitive environment evolves, we may have increased opportunities to license more hit titles to complement our original programming. We believe this will deliver additional value for our members."