To be honest, I didn't have much of an opinion on Bradley Cooper as I walked into the theater to see Limitless, where Cooper plays a failing writer who is given a supply of a miracle drug that turns him into a better, smarter, more motivated version of himself. I had seen The A-Team (wasn't crazy about it) and The Hangover (liked it more than I expected) and thought Cooper was good in both, where he showed a rare talent for playing smooth-talking handsome devils that you rooted for regardless of their questionable morals. Like most of America, I wisely skipped All About Steve and Case 39, and like most single straight guys not trying to score points with a date, I avoided Valentine's Day.
While Cooper clearly has good looks, charm and charisma, I was not entirely convinced he could handle a leading role. After all, being a likable actor doesn't necessarily mean that an audience will want to see you in nearly every frame of a movie. So I'm happy to report that not only is Cooper a leading man who can play the schlub as convincingly as the scoundrel, but that Limitless is a clever, exciting, surprisingly funny film where I honestly didn't know what would happen next.
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