‘Silver Linings’ trailer: do Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper have chemistry?

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I smell a match made in tabloid heaven, y’all. Let me explain just a bit. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are currently starring together in two upcoming movies. First up is this November’s Silver Linings Playbook, in which the duo plays unlikely lovers. Then next year, Jennifer and Bradley will be playing husband and wife in the Depression-era set Serena. Do they actually have chemistry? Some studio heads must believe it to be so, but now there’s a new trailer for Silver Linings Playbook, and I’m not so sure. Don’t get me wrong — I’m completely believing JLaw in this trailer, but Bradley is another story altogether. His portrayal of his character is just too earnest, you know? Both of them are supposed to be playing very screwed up individuals (with mutual psychiatric issues) in this movie, and Bradley just isn’t working it. Watch the trailer, and we’ll discuss below.

Jennifer Lawrence Bradley Cooper

David O. Russell directs this picture, and supporting roles are played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver (as the football-obsessed parents of Bradley’s character) and Chris Tucker, who hasn’t been in a feature film in five years. The film itself looks mildly enjoyable in a tragicomic sense, but here’s the more relevant question — despite the fact that Jennifer has been dating Nicholas Hoult for over a year now, how long will it be before the tabloids try to hook she and Bradley up as a romantic couple? I give it a month or so.

Bradley Cooper

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  1. lunabell says:

    For the first half of the trailer I actually thought they were brother and sister or cousins, which might’ve been more interesting, IMO. Then when I found out they were supposed to be lovers, I was less interested…

    But I generally like them both so I’ll reserve judgment until I see it.

    • Marco says:

      They look mismatched. He appears a lot older than she, so them together as a couple seems a bit disturbing.

    • Marco says:

      They look mismatched. He appears a lot older than her, so them together as a couple seems a bit disturbing.

  2. cupidityrox! says:

    Bradley Cooper needs to consider another line of employment. He simply isn’t an actor. He sucks the life out of every scene He’s in.

    • Liv says:


    • Izzy says:

      He’s the male equivalent of Jessic Biel (see: A-Team, the movie).

    • hoya_chick says:

      Lol, this is kinda true he’s very hit or miss. I do have a soft spot for him though since he is a fellow alum so I’ll give him a pass.

      Jennifer is amazing. I love her in everything. Love the roles she is choosing and not limiting herself to one genre or character type.

      I would see this on Netflix not in theaters. I am looking forward to their other movie together though, that looks interesting. I think that when actors pair up together in such rapid succession in different roles it might disorient the audience…..like hey wait, wasn’t he in a movie with her a couple of months ago? And that takes away from the story they are trying to tell in both films.

    • Christine says:

      I completely disagree! He was AMAZING in Alias! I think he is a great actor. I haven’t seen a lot of his movies, but he took his scenes in Alias way beyond tv acting. I heard really good things about his performance in the movie about the drug that makes your brain work super well, but I haven’t seen that.

  3. Little Darling says:

    I took a look at this trailer last night…I thought they both acted well in it…I actually enjoyed the way Bradley acted his effed up character…seemingly normal then totally messed up. She, on the other hand, could out act anyone really, her face says so much without a word. I’m not a huge fan of Bradley but I think he’s going to be okay in this film, which says more than most of his others. Jennifer will elevate him as well as the rest of the cast and that’s exactly what he needs. They appear to have good chemistry…but in a more serious movie I dont know how he will fare. I want to see it actually.

  4. H says:

    Jennifer is way prettier with brown hair than blond. She’s going to start shooting CF soon, so the hair will be back. Thank god.

    This movie, let’s see: It’s directed by David O. Russell, produced by The Wenstein company and is coming out in November. Can anyone say Oscar bait?

    Fun fact: Anne Hathaway was supposed to be Jen’s role but dropped out due to Batman.

    • Christine says:

      Another fun fact: Oliver Stone said that Jen Lawrence was supposed to be in Savages in the Blake Lively role, but she dropped out to do another film.

      • H says:

        Didn’t she drop out to do Hunger Games? In the end i think she made the right move.

      • Liv says:

        Good for her. I don’t think she’d have played Blake as good as Blake is playing herself 😉

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Liv – 😀 I always felt like Blake was “just being Blake” in The Town! And now she’s just being Blake in Savages.

  5. lower-case deb says:

    robert de niro.
    oh my.
    is it bad of me to think that the scene is suddenly much better when he’s in it.

    i’m amazed how even in bed, half-asleep he’s still stealing scenes. “have earnest hemingway call us and apologize to us too!”

    i love him. 😀 maybe i’m biased because of it

  6. Amelia says:

    I’m having issues with playback but I saw part of the trailer and it looks like something I’d definitely watch. I’m more excited about Serena though, to be honest. I think Jen will own it in that.
    ^^^^ totally agree about De Niro. He’s just so fun to watch, I’ll see almost anything with him in it. Scene stealer.

  7. Jules says:

    Oh yeah, the chemistry is there. I love the book and it looks as though Russell has adapted the novel faithfully. Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful in the trailer; she looks to have nailed the character Tiffany. Cooper seems to be bringing his A-Game, I’m looking forward to this film.

  8. beyonce's bump says:

    I will be watching this.

  9. Adrien says:

    She reminds me of Daphne Zuniga, Idk why. Especially when she’s a brunette. She’s got some 80’s vibe in her.

    • Amy says:

      I can see that a bit, too, with the hair. I miss Daphne Zuniga!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Thank you! I’ve been trying for some time to put my finger on who she reminds me of. Daphne Zuniga. It’s the mouth area I think.

      Looking forward to this movie.

  10. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I love Jennifer Lawrence and I don’t hate Cooper although I only find him to have any chemistry when he is yelling or in some action moment, in the quiet moments he is not good.

  11. sara says:

    I actually don’t believe in Jennifer Lawrence. I think I would prefer Olivia Wilde in this one.

    • Liv says:

      I don’t like Olivia Wilde and I definitely would not want to see her in any film…;-)

  12. Memory30 says:

    Ha I got to see them right there when they were shooting in PA 😉

  13. Jules says:

    I’m reading Serena now, and it’s really good…what a great role for Jennifer!. Serena is a fascinating villainess…more ruthless than Lady Macbeth. In fact, Serena makes Lady Macbeth look like a wuss. How long before we see the trailer for Serena??.

  14. toto says:

    cooper is cheesy as hell and not believable on the other side Jennifer seems so good in her part ..she is seductive and sexy too.

  15. tripmom says:

    Really? Am I the only one grossed out by their age difference? She’s 22 and he’s 37. Ick.

    • Jackson says:

      Same here. I’m sick of Hollywood sticking barely legal women with older men. Heaven forbid they cast men and women of similar age as love interests. I don’t know if this screenplay is from a book or not so that might be the case here, but these kinds of pairings happen way too often for my tastes. Bleh.

    • Ann says:

      He looks too old for her, it’s gross.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Not the only one by a longshot. So I guess she’s she new toddler who has to be in every single damned thing, now. What, Emma Stone got sick, or something?

      I’m not interested in the meet-cutesy romantic misadventures of kindergarteners and these repeating stock romances just don’t reach me. Sue me if I just.don’t.care about the inner lives of well-heeled pubescents. He just needs to let go and let those Audobon portraitists fulfill their destiny. I’m keeping my money and retreating into literacy, thanks. Sometimes I think they don’t want us to care.

      FYI: Though I have no problem with Jennifer Lawrence the person and is something of a cutie-pie (Emma Stone too, in truth, when Fashion Police isn’t reciting courtly love poems to her), I thought her Oscar dress was the ugliest piece of Baywatch-resembling swimming attire flotsam I’ve seen in a long time.

      Who gives a s*** about pampered and dubious celebrities, I saw Brave last week and I’ll bet that ‘La Luna’ is miles beyond anything we’ll be seeing for the remainder of the year featuring a human face.

  16. Jaime says:

    You can’t deny just how good she is onscreen. Ofscreen, I’m meh on her. I don’t like the in your face, I pee in the bushes and burp in your face persona… But damn can she act.

  17. serena says:

    I just don’t like both of them. They’re so ‘meh’.
    Also no chemistry at all.

  18. Jenna says:

    To answer the question, no. At least I don’t think so. BUT Serena does sound like an awesome movie though.

  19. Katee says:

    Is it me, or should have Ryan Gosling played Bradley’s part? Ryan is so good at playing the mentally unstable characters, him and Jennifer are much closer in age, and also….the Dancing! We now all know that the Gos can dance. Lol. I just think we missed a gem in the chemistry Jen/Ryan could have produced…

    • carmelllooo says:

      Completely agree! Ryan would have been amazing in this. Jennifer owns the scene when she’s on screen and Brad just reminds me of the character he played in Limitless.

    • Shaishai says:

      I agree! If only to make them seem closer in age. I love Jennifer Lawrence though. And maybe I’m nuts but I keep thinking Charlize Theron would be great opposite Bradley Cooper to make it more age appropriate. I think she could pull it off acting chops wise.

  20. Nanz says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised by this trailer. I was not planning on seeing this, but probably will now.

  21. Aubra says:


    I love Bradley, and it was funny seeing him dance! This should be interesting. He has worked alot and still has that role ahead of him where it’s going to get some REAL acclaim aside from anything else he has done so far. I like hi mand DeNiro, however, I hope he doesn’t feel he will need to get into the habit of “using him as a crutch” to be in a movie that deflects on his need to get better. He’s getting there!

    how long will it be before the tabloids try to hook she and Bradley up as a romantic couple? I give it a month or so.

    I don’t think they ever will, they had their chance to and didn’t jump on it…

  22. Amy says:

    I think it looks kinda cute.

  23. marie says:

    She reminds me of Juliette Lewis in the preview and I’m not sure why..

  24. Theresa says:

    wow, hadn’t heard a thing about this film until now, and loved the trailer. Regardless of the other stuff, I like Bradley Cooper and think he is a decent actor. Jennifer Lawrence is an acting powerhouse. Either we will get sick of her for being in every film produced in the next five years, or she will turn into her generations Meryl Streep, she is that good! I just hope that blockbuster movie franchises don’t stop her from exploring all types of films!

    • Lea says:

      I love Jennnifer and will probably being seeing this film in the theatre (looks great to me!) and I can’t wait for CF and anything else she will be in. But I would wait before comparing her to Meryl Streep. I don’t think she has ever had an acting class or training, which maybe she doesn’t need because she is a natural. But a lot of old school actors do believe in some sort of training. I do believe that she has recently referred to herself as method actress so maybe she has received some coaching?

      Anyhow, can’t wait for this film and CF. Also what is this Serena movie everyon is mentioning is about?

  25. Carolyn says:

    His chin is too weak and she is young, strong, healthy, powerful.. so NAWH..

  26. toto says:

    i think Jennifer could be great wonder woman .
    she reminds me lot of Linda carter

  27. Madhubala says:

    Not feeling this trailer at all. Gotta agree with you Bedhead, Bradley is way too earnest in his portrayal, not quite the messed up, semi-tragic figure the character is supposed to be. And there’s no chemistry at all between he and Jennifer. Think I’ll be skipping this when it comes out.

    • Jill says:

      Agreed. There is something about Cooper that is always, just…off. And I’m not talking about whatever his sexual preference may or may not be. But there’s something about him that is just kind of creepy, tragic, cold, I dunno.

  28. Nessa says:

    I like Jennifer, but I will not watch one second of this movie. It looks terrible. Any movie with Bradley Cooper is terrible. That is all.

  29. Reece says:

    To see actors Acting (I reserve judgement on Coop til I see it)and Chris Tucker not screaming drivel at the top of his lungs.
    I’m in!

  30. jen7waters says:

    Love her.
    Dislike him.

  31. shaboo says:

    sexiest man alive…..hahahahahahahaha

  32. dizzy says:

    She’s great, he’s…meh.

  33. BlueAngelCV says:

    It seems like JLaw is in a different film to everyone else. They have the slight overacting of a rom-com whilst she is playing it natural.
    I want to see the JLaw version of the film.

  34. Kosmos says:

    So many other things have to also work, other than chemistry, for them to be a couple…you know, it can be complicated to mingle two lives together, each with their own set of needs and all, and often they discover a year into it that they are not so well suited after all LOL…

  35. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Given the lithium and seroquel reference, I’m assuming he’s supposed to be bipolar. So why is he playing this so Asperger’s? Where’s the passion? The torment? Struggle? Bipolar life is so unpredictable–I’m not seeing it. Seems like all he’s changing is his volume.

    There have been a handful of films that have accurately portrayed mental illness and disabilities with great scripts and amazing actors (see the indie God’s Ears). But it looks like this one is just going to spread misinformation.

    And my vote is for no chemistry.

  36. d says:

    No, this pairing skeeves me out 100%.

  37. He's always the same says:

    He always seems the same, kinda like Aniston. However, he doesn’t have much charisma. He is one lucky guy though to get all these acting jobs. Very puzzling. Maybe he’s the guy next door type, I dunno.

  38. Anonymei says:

    I want to see it. Bradley has chops. He was fantastic in Limitless. Catch it on Netfix instant. Jennifer had me at A Winter’s Bone. Love her. I adore quirky people and dancing. May see in theater.

  39. Jellybean says:

    This looks like a horrible trainwreck. Why is Robert DeNiro in this?

  40. A. says:

    I vote “YES” for chemistry and seeing the film in the theater. I love the book, excited for this one. I know people like Tiffany and Pat (Jennifer Lawrence is amazing…she’s nailed the character of Tiffany perfectly from what I see in the trailer!!)Cooper looks better here than I have ever seen him. Age difference?..not bothered by it at all. Lawrence is 21, legal and sometimes younger people and older people fall for each other in real life. I have a brother who is 12 years older than his wife, and another brother who is 14 years older than his wife. Both happily married for many moons now. It can happen.

  41. Sparkly says:

    A lot of different responses to this. I very rarely see a Bradley Cooper trailer and think, “Wow, I’d like to see that!”, but I’m surprised to find that I’d really like to see this one.

  42. over it says:

    Perverted old men casting college aged young ladies beside men nearing 40. This is disgusting. He looks like her uncle. Puke.

    • adrmm says:

      Why are so many people so single minded. When you click with a person age is not an issue. I myself am 22 and my boyfriend is 46. Its not disgusting or perverted in any way but because society believes such an age gap is not a norm we automaticlly think the worst. Yes, sometimes older guys go after young women simply because we ARE young but sometimes IT JUST HAPPENS THAT WAY and everybody needs to stop being so narrow minded. Love is love, a connectin is a connection, you dont have to like nor understand it but you damn well better get use to it.