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The word on the film is that this is David O. Russell going back to his roots somewhat, returning to the territory of films like Flirting with Disaster, which is something I can definitely get on board with. It seems like this might be the film that will let us know if Bradley Cooper is (or at least wants to be) an actor rather than a movie star — what he shows here is certainly promisingly different from what we’ve seen before from him. And it’s also nice to see Jennifer Lawrence coming back to a role with a little more heft and, as far as I know, playing comedy for the first time. The trailer plays up the schmaltz factor a little more than I’d like, but I trust that in the film itself Russell will not drift into sentimentality.

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