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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.

Director:

David O. Russell

Writers:

David O. Russell (screenplay), Annie Mumolo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Joy
Robert De Niro ... Rudy
Bradley Cooper ... Neil Walker
Edgar Ramírez ... Tony
Diane Ladd ... Mimi
Virginia Madsen ... Terry
Isabella Rossellini ... Trudy
Dascha Polanco ... Jackie
Elisabeth Röhm ... Peggy (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Susan Lucci ... Danica
Laura Wright ... Clarinda
Maurice Benard ... Ridge
Donna Mills ... Priscilla
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Touissant
Ken Howard ... Mop Executive
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The red wine brought onto the boat, which inspired the creation of the Miracle Mop, appears to be a 1975 Mouton Rothschild "Andy Warhol". In 2015, it sold for about $400 per bottle. See more »

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At around 1 hour 30 minutes in Joy is firing a rifle with no eye or hearing protection. 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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Far From Perfect but Far From Terrible
21 October 2016 | by cdjh-81125See all my reviews

David O Russell in my opinion has truly become one of the best directors working today he's so great at creating character driven pieces that really get you to look into their mind set and get behind and in this regard Joy succeeds. The story if someone trying to sell a mop sounds silly but is actually very investing you get the reasons why Joy wants to do this, to accomplish her dreams and get away from the example that her family has set for her. Jennifer Lawrence once again truly blew me away in this movie and it is Lawrence's movie and she is fantastic in Joy she's likable, funny and easy to get behind. I don't care what anyone says Jennifer Lawrence truly is one of the best actresses working today. Through Lawrence's performance you truly want to see Joy succeed and you hate to see her fail Andy love to see her succeed and truly come to despise all those who get in her way. Robert DeNiro is also very good in this movie he really chews up his manipulative yet hard working character. Edgar Ramírez was also good in this movie you really do feel like he cares and has very good with Lawrence. Like American Hustle, Joy has fantastic production design you really feel like you yourself are in the 1980's I loves the snowy streets and the studio designs. However I do not believe the mixed reviews for this movie come from nowhere. Bradley Cooper is pretty blends, there's just nothing to his character. I do know that ultimately this movie is about Joy Mangano and we learn plenty about her but never anything about anyone's else we don't know why her family are so hard on her and why they want to hold her back.

I do legitimately think that this movie is underrated it does have flaws but it's not enough to justify such mixed reviews. I think it's a fine addition to David O Russell's filmography and as always I can't wait to see what he'll do next.

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