Maddie Barker (Jennifer Lawrence) has lived in Montauk, New York all her life in a modest house surrounded by wealthy people and big homes. Her house is paid for but she has a huge problem this year. She has a large unpaid bill to the IRS for back taxes and working as a bartender and an Uber driver, both of which don’t cover what she owes, she is in jeopardy. Even her ex-boyfriend shows up with his tow truck to confiscate her car for money owed to the bank. Life can not be more stressful believe me I understand! In need of more money, Maddie sees an ad in Craigs List looking for a girl to break in a 19-year boy to the perils of life and sex in return for a car.
A car would help her out for sure to make more money because with out more money she loses her home. Laird Becker (Matthew Broderick) and Allison Becker (Laura Benanti) the parents of Percy Becker (Andrew Barth Feldman) have hired Maddie to seduce their son to help bring him out of his lonesome shell and get prepared to attend Princeton University in the Fall. With some moral support from her friends, Sara (Natalie Morales) and her husband Jim (Scott MacArthur) Maddie starts to date Percy for all the wrong but some good reasons, for them both actually. In the end, things don’t go as promised but hey, do they ever? Sometimes or most of the times, secrets get exposed but for Maddie and Percy the journey to their happy ending is filled with a lot of self-evaluations.
I actually enjoyed this story quite a bit. The writing and direction are nothing that we haven’t seen before in Comedy. I will say some of Lawrence is a lot of what we haven’t seen before which shocked me with full frontal nudity along with some backside from Feldman. There is some good music and a light and very funny story, yes it made me laugh, that’s a good thing. It somehow reminded me of the old days with films starting Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy, which I love. It’s a great movie for a date night out but ladies brace yourself because your dates are going to see a lot more than they bargained for on the big screen.
Lawrence was great and obviously good to go with the script. She has a serious but humorous approach to her role. Feldman was perfect as the nerdy rich boy with no friends that at the age of 19 he has yet to slide into home base. Great to see Broderick in a fun and enjoyable film once the cool kid now the old father. Benanti is a definite good counter-part to Broderick’s role. As for Morales and MacArthur they were a good side-line for Lawrence’s character alone, with all the actors who played men from her past and future. Feldman’s character volunteers at a local animal shelter which was well represented on screen as well as all the dogs.