Ups and Downs of Movie Team-Ups: Consistency Chances with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

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It's always interesting to see the formation of new movie acting partnerships that can potentially last for decades. And while it's impossible to set up a movie duo with the longevity of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, there really isn't an allowance of acting couples to thrive once the chemistry goes beyond a few movies. Why that is perhaps has everything to do with egoism on the part of each actor, or it's by design so the team-ups don't become a crutch.

Only above-mentioned Hepburn and Tracy could stand alone as actors in their own movies. But what can be said about the suddenly new and magical movie partnership of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper? Everyone knows Lawrence can hold a movie on her own. Bradley Cooper, though, seemed to suddenly tap into a Zen zone as an awards-worthy actor when paired with Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook."

Now that the two will star together in two more films, it's easy to think Hollywood has found a new golden cinematic duo complementing one another. The question is whether it can sustain when other potentially similar match-ups in recent years seemed to fall apart just as momentum was on their side. Regardless, most magnetic movie duos of the last decade haven't necessarily been strong contenders for awards.

The only couple that could have done more for Oscar potential (while somehow ending on an off note) was Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Even if both wanted to venture on their own for obvious reasons, the chemistry between them could have been parlayed into much more than their follow-up to "Titanic": "Revolutionary Road." Any secret to sustaining movie duos is in making people feel good with the chemistry and not left cold or depressed as "Road" needlessly brought.

In the above regard, the Hepburn-Tracy comparisons tell you everything when you watch their films. Every single one of their movies had a light side in line delivery. Only their final effort ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") had a few intensely dramatic scenes that differed considerably from the usual witty banter they displayed in years prior.

DiCaprio and Winslet might still be able to repair that when so many wanted more romantic chemistry of the "Titanic" variety. With Lawrence and Cooper, it might be a different story considering "Silver Linings Playbook" was a perfect example of profound drama and comedy rolled into 122 minutes. Any dialogue between those two in other films can be done at differing levels and be engaging.

You couldn't necessarily say that about other big screen movie team-ups with potential such as Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, or Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. Yet out of all the promising movie couples that veered onto the wrong path, the most significant lost opportunity of the 1990s was Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Only Depp's star wattage took away an eccentric cinematic duo that could also work quite effectively again in Depp's delayed remake of "The Thin Man."

We'll have to wait and see if Lawrence and Cooper go beyond doing only three movies together, which seems the unofficial cutoff date for most recent team-ups. If the above two have no scenes together in upcoming "Serena" or David O. Russell's next film venture, then it's the equivalent of repelling two giant magnets on the opposite sides of town.

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