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Joy (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 2015 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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 Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In America the ordinary needs the extraordinary every single day.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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25 December 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Joy Mangano Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,500,000, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,451,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,134,059
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Trivia

Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) is the daughter of Rudy (Robert De Niro). Joy tours the shopping channel studios and meets the celebrity presenters, who are played by Drena De Niro (the real-life daughter of Robert De Niro) and Melissa Rivers (the real-life daughter of Joan Rivers). See more »

Goofs

The character mispronounced Lancaster, PA, the way it is pronounced in Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clarinda: [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.
Danica: When someone sees a weakness in me, I turn that weakness into a strength.
[holds up a gun]
Clarinda: Danica, you're so strong. I don't think I can do anything like this.
Danica: You can imagine changing your ...
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare abruptly cuts into the background music. See more »


Soundtracks

Gimme All Your Love
Written by Zac Cockrell, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard and Steven Johnson
Performed by Alabama Shakes
Courtesy of ATO Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Little plots make Little movies...
6 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a supposedly "inspirational" kind-of movie based on the life of Joy Mangano a business woman and inventor of home products.

As I'm reading this is far from the actual life of Mangano (who, unlike the Joy in the movie, she went to University and has a degree in business administration). It is more like a blend of the stories of other housewives turned to businesswomen (if you can believe that) and contains lots of fictional elements for dramatic purposes.

Nevertheless the plot is weak. So is the script. There isn't any actual moral here (like "Try and you will succeed"), and the narration of her grandmother dilutes any of that "moral" with too much "it is your destiny" crap.

Soooo, the movie is an empty shell (or should I say Sell, pun intended) but is it fun to watch? No. Not really.

The characters (including Robert De Niro's who plays her father, Elisabeth Röhm's who plays her half-sister, Virginia Madsen's who plays her mother and Isabella Rossellini's who plays her father's girlfriend and serves as the initial investor) are heavily unsympathetic.

The direction is blunt, the pace uneven (I wont spoil you but the resolution of all problems comes in just a few seconds near the end), the situations unbelievable (like going to the...bathroom and unveil a conspiracy by pure luck) etc.

Overall: A blunt movie with weak script and plot. The unsympathetic characters also make this unbearable. Not fun to watch and no true moral in this fictitious sequence of events.


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