Jennifer Lawrence Says Comedies Should ‘Offend’ Audiences

Jennifer Lawrence Comedies Should Offend Audiences

During an interview with Sky News, Jennifer Lawrence shared her perspective on comedy. Her latest film, “No Hard Feelings,” directed by Gene Stupnitsky, has recently been released in theaters. 

The movie revolves around Maddie, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who takes on a job to “date” an introverted 19-year-old named Percy, portrayed by Barth Feldman, to help him escape his shell before heading to college. 

During the interview, Lawrence discussed her vision of comedy and her experiences with it. “I think it’s time for a good old-fashioned laugh and it really is hard to make a comedy where you’re not offending people. Everybody in some sense will be offended by this film — you’re welcome.”

The Hunger Games star acknowledged the challenges of doing comedy without unintentionally offending someone, noting that people may find aspects of the film offensive. However, she emphasized that mean-spiritedness is not funny and that making people feel bad about themselves is not the goal. The film aims to find a balance in its approach to comedy.

Lawrence emphasized the importance of understanding and navigating the idea of being offended. She acknowledged that there may have been overreactions to the film, as some topics that were joked about should not have been. However, she believes the movie manages to push boundaries while acknowledging that the characters’ actions are wrong.

The actress also revealed that the plot of the film is based on an actual Craigslist ad that the director encountered. She found the idea amusing when it was initially shared with her, but there was no script at that time. Years later, she received the hand for the film, which she described as the funniest script she had ever read.