NO HARD FEELINGS feels somewhat rare in 2023; the romantic fish-out-of-water comedy that doesn’t have any visual effects or superheroes. It came and went quickly in cinemas and did pretty decent business, and when I saw it. Lawrence plays Maddie, a down on her luck, early 30s woman trying to make ends meet, and gets a really unique job opportunity to “chaperone” or “date” a wealthy son named Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman) by his worried parents so she can acquire a new car after her last one was towed by an ex-boyfriend. Percy is very shielded and not very social and this contrasts against the wild and open Maddie so of course the entire relationship is very awkward, but it comes along with a lot of comedy along the way including a now infamous skinny dipping sequence. I was especially surprised how the movie turned into some strong drama in the third act as well and how much we connect with the unlikely duo.
I feel like there isn’t much else to say about NO HARD FEELINGS except that it’s a bit darker and more dramatic than the previews led us to believe. I’m okay with that, but I know it threw off a few viewers upon its theatrical release. The relationship between Lawrence and Feldman is very good and there are some good supporting roles like all of the ex-boyfriends that Maddie runs into along the course of the movie, though I also ponder how this would be affected if the genders were reversed. Still watching it again I was entertained by its premise and it showcases just how versatile Lawrence is, especially in comedies, and it holds up really well in home viewing.
About the Blu Ray:
Sony has surprisingly done a solid job on this recently released Blu Ray and is nicely presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. NO HARD FEELINGS was shot digitally and you can tell in most parts, but it’s also a colourful transfer with good detail and resolution. I saw this theatrically and it’s pretty close to what I saw, and of course Jennifer Lawrence looks great in HD. The sound mix is your usual DTS Master Audio in 5.1 and it has limited surrounds except for the music sequences which are very solid to listen to. There are 4k options available currently on Apple, Google and other digital retailers, but this Blu Ray definitely will do the job for physical media collectors.
Bonus features are pretty slight, featuring a couple of the usual behind the scenes docs you can usually find on YouTube along with some outtakes and bloopers. There is also a Digital Copy code that nicely redeems to Google Play in HD. It looks and sounds pretty identical to the disc itself, though as per usual none of the features are included on Google.
For the most part, this is a fine disc release even though if you are to purchase this on Apple, Google or other retailers the movie is in full 4k resolution which may be a better sell for some fans of the movie, sometimes even at a lower price if it goes on sale. Either way, the movie is solid and is most notable for a very good turn from Jennifer Lawrence, which is worth a recommendation.
NO HARD FEELINGS is now available on Blu Ray from Sony Pictures. Our thanks to Sony PR and Soda PR for sending along a copy for review.