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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Under David O. Russell's direction, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence have all been nominated for Academy Awards. Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook (2012). See more »

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In the scene at the California warehouse where LAPD is called, the officers are wearing leather belts/gear with a basket weave pattern. Though the basket weave pattern is prevalent in law enforcement, the Los Angeles Police Department wears leather gear with with a plain surface and no stamping. 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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Stray Cat Blues
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Performed by The Rolling Stones
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2nd half of film was lacking in story line development
26 December 2015 | by sjdickens-83842See all my reviews

The film was okay or what I would call "underwhelming". The first half of the film dragged out a bit and could have been condensed without losing any important information. The last half to a third of the film was glossed over missing out on details of how she moved on and became so successful. The storyline development was really lacking on the last part of the film. The first half is slow and somewhat overly detailed with monotonous information. At times it was repetitive and I wanted to "fast-forward" to move it along. We finally get to the point of the story where she takes control and then the story ending seems abrupt. Using a narrative to recap how she became successful was a disappointing way of bringing the story to a close. Could have been better. I left the theater not fully understanding what Joy's full success really was.


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