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Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

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1995. Joy has always been fascinated by creating things, this pursuit always supported emotionally by her maternal grandmother, Mimi. Joy feels that lack of practical support has led to others making fortunes on ideas she had come up with years ago but could not act upon manufacturing. Despite being broke, Joy is the person in her extended family to who 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 who she has somewhat of a strained relationship, and for which Joy does the books. Sharon, Rudy's ... Written by Huggo

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In America the ordinary needs the extraordinary every single day.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,015,168 (USA) (25 December 2015)

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$56,443,482 (USA) (11 March 2016)
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Joan Rivers is portrayed in this film by her real life daughter Melissa Rivers. See more »

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Joy's home phone service is disconnected because she did not pay the bill on time. In the previous scene, she called QVC on the same phone. See more »

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Joy: Don't ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn't. The world doesn't owe you a thing.
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References The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) See more »

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A Little Less Conversation
Written by Mac Davis and Billy Strange
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Mighty Russell Has Struck Out
19 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(Rating: ☆☆ out of 4)

This film is not recommended.

In brief: Clean-up in Aisle 4

GRADE: C

The usually reliable David O. Russell lets down his fine cast of performers in his latest film, Joy, which doesn't quite live up to its title. Except for a strong performance from its lead, the delightful Jennifer Lawrence, the film remains a major disappointment.

The film is loosely based on the true story of inventor Joy Mangano, but the screenplay also written by its director is a mess that needs to clean up its act. The film swings wildly between comedy and drama but never stays long enough to be effective in either category. Joy, winningly played by Ms. Lawrence, is interesting and the actress brings some verve to her role, but all of the supporting characters around her are sketchy and never amount to much more than quirky curmudgeons whose actions are so over-the-top that they never resemble anything remotely believable.

The plot: Joy's life is in shambles (but then, so is the script). Living slightly above the poverty level and sharing her household with her dysfunctional divorced parents, Terry (Virginia Madsen), a reclusive soap opera addicted mother, and Rudy, a crotchety self-absorbed father (Robert De Niro) who takes up with a rich Italian widow named Trudy (Isabella Rossellini), Joy's ex-husband, Tony (Edgar Ramirez), who is trying to be a professional singer, Peggy (Elizabeth Rohm), her jealous stepsister, and Joy's two adorable children. Still her creative impulses compel her take action and change the direction her life is taking, which leads Joy to her long- time friend and adversary in business, Neil (Bradley Cooper), who gives her moral support on her latest venture.

However, none of these relationships build to any satisfactory conclusion due to the stilted writing and uneven tone of the film. The ending also seems pat and forced as it quickly tries to tie up its loose ends, be they cotton or synthetic.

With all of the talent involved, sadly, Joy is a joyless filmgoing experience.

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