Jennifer Lawrence, best known for the first of the hit series, "The Hunger Games," made her biggest debut to the big screen as Mystique in the 2011 movie, "X-Men: First Class." Being recognized as Mystique didn't last long before she shed her blue skin and blonde locks for a bow, arrow and dark, brown hair to play Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Now, one of the hardest working actresses in today's entertainment industry is jumping into a comedic role as another mysterious character, Tiffany, in the 2012 movie, "Silver Linings Playbook," where she will act aside another hard working Hollywood actor, Bradley Cooper.
Cooper, best known for movies, such as "The Hangover," "Limitless" and "The A-Team," who's most recent movie, "The Words," is creating its own buzz across the media lines, will act alongside Lawrence in both "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Serena," a Depression-era drama set in North Carolina, scheduled to release next year where Lawrence plays Cooper's wife who learns she cannot bear children.
Is this another Hollywood match made on screen? Not to say anything off-screen will happen between the 37-year-old actor and the recently single 22-year-old "Hunger Games" star.
Cooper is known for acting in comedies. But, what about Lawrence? When it comes to comedy, will she make the cut? After all, her most recent movie is the horror film, "House at the End of the Street," where she is cast alongside "Adventures in Babysitting's" (still love that movie) Elisabeth Shue who discover they live next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents (in theaters September 21).
You may not know this, but Lawrence is already somewhat of a seasoned comedic actress:
- Monk (2006 episode), Lawrence played "Mascot"
- Not Another High School Show (2007 TV movie), Lawrence played "Frantic Girl"
Don't recall Lawrence in either one (or simply don't recall the episode or movie, at all)? Makes sense. But, what about "The Bill Engvall Show." Ring a bell? The hilarious comedian known for his on the road act in "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour," had three semi-successful seasons which, yes, included Jennifer Lawrence as Lauren Peterson, Engvall's character's daughter.
Still no bells? Well... then you will have to wait and see how J-Law (let's see if that catches on) does in a comedy with a very funny (and only-slightly-very-attractive) co-star, Bradley Cooper.
What does Cooper think of all of this? When asked, he apparently couldn't stop complimenting Lawrence on her work in both movies. Impressed? Yep.
“She is incredible," Cooper told CNN. "I’ve been so lucky to do two movies with her back-to-back. ... She’s the best. I feel like I got in on the ground floor. I’ll be lucky if I work with her again.”
What is the movie about? It's about former teacher, Pat Solitano (Cooper), and his brief stint in a mental institution who moves back in with his parents (his father is Robert De Niro) in attempts to make up with his ex-wife while dealing with his bipolar disorder. In the midst of struggling with "small" things like... fixing a marriage and dealing with a mental disorder, Cooper's character also tries his best to share his family's strange obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. (Does this mean Eagle-ites truly exist?) Things go slightly awry when Cooper meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl who has her own set of unresolved issues (throw Chris Tucker in here somewhere... he's Cooper's friend in the movie). Lawrence agrees to help Cooper with one condition - that he help her with something in her own life. Doing so helps them find their own silver linings. So..."1 tsp. of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" + 1 dash of "Failure to Launch" topped with "Girl, Interrupted" = one potentially dark funny movie.
Will this dark-sounding movie have a funny silver lining? The trailer doesn't show a great deal of humor. In fact, the trailer appears to show more disturbing heartache about two people who, in a real world, probably should never be together outside of a meeting involving anonymity. The biggest hope here that Cooper's character truly wants to find a silver lining to the darkness he struggles with in his own life.
There is still nothing truly showing this is a comedic film. Drama? Absolutely. Worth watching in theaters? Hmm, not sure yet. Maybe a few more trailers need to come out before a determination can be made as to whether it's worth sitting in an uncomfortable chair for two hours instead of in the comfort of your own home.