Joy has always been fascinated by creating things, This pursuit was always supported emotionally by her maternal grandmother, Mimi. Joy feels that lack of practical support has led to others making fortunes on ideas she came up with years ago but could not act upon manufacturing. Despite being broke, Joy is the person in her extended family to whom everyone has always turned, in the process forgoing her own life, including not having attended college to help see her parents through their divorce. She works in an unsatisfying job as an Eastern Airlines ticket clerk; and lives with her mother Terry who spends all day in bed watching soap operas; her ex-husband Tony, a less than successful aspiring Latino Tom Jones wannabe; and their two children. Added to this mix is her father Rudy, the owner of a failing heavy-duty garage, which is managed by Joy's older half-sister Peggy, with whom she has somewhat of a strained relationship, and for which Joy does the books. Sharon, Rudy's latest ... Written by
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[TV soap opera scene]
It doesn't make sense, I don't understand how something like this happened. I don't know what I'm going to do. This has been my whole life, and now it's gone I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Pendleton Industries is all I've ever known, and now it's all been taken away.
When someone sees a weakness in me, I turn that weakness into a strength.
[holds up a gun]
Danica, you're so strong. I don't think I can do anything like this.
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I don't see what the hype is all about. The story is average and done many many times before. Nothing really likable or inspiring about the characters or the story. The acting is nothing notable. Just very standard stuff. Let me cap it in one sentence. Down and out mother thinks up an invention, brings it to market, and becomes rich after some travails that, in reality, is all fought and done with lawyers in the end. That's it. If you watched "The Pursuit of Happiness" the Will Smith movie, you've pretty much seen this one.
And just an off note, these type of movies are ridiculous. For every success story like this one, there are thousands of others who've tried and failed. People who risked the financial well beings of their children and family on an improbable venture because they think themselves special, even though they never done the hard work of getting an education or training. But they still think themselves special. You never hear about them, the losers, the irresponsible ones who ruined the lives of their families. You only hear about the one in a million, like lottery winners. For a society, this isn't healthy when even the dumbest dingbat thinks himself above everyone else, and they're going to be millionaires. I guess that's why people vote Republicans.
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