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Ode to Joy (2019)

Charlie suffers from cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions -- in particular, joy. He develops a variety of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jason Winer

Writers:

Max Werner, Chris Higgins (inspired by a story on WBEZ Chicago's "This American Life" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Morena Baccarin ... Francesca
Melissa Rauch ... Bethany
Martin Freeman ... Charlie
Jake Lacy ... Cooper
Shannon Woodward ... Liza
Jane Curtin ... Aunt Sylvia
Ellis Rubin ... Victor
Adam Shapiro ... Marvin
Jackie Seiden ... Jan
Alex Perez ... Wedding Photographer
Ravi Cabot-Conyers ... Deangelo
Jason Altman ... Mad Banker
dL Sams ... Tearful Wife
Tyler Bourke ... Frederick
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Charlie suffers from cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions -- in particular, joy. He develops a variety of techniques to deny himself too much pleasure and happiness, but they're put to the ultimate test when he falls in love.

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual references
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joy See more »

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Mosaic See more »
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Color
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Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin are both part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Freeman plays Agent Everett Ross in Capt. America: Civil War(2016) and Black Panther (2018), while Baccarin plays Vanessa Carlysle in Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018). Baccarin is also part of the DC Television Universe appearing as Doctor Leslie Thompkins in Gotham and she voiced Black Canary in the animated series Justice League Unlimited. See more »

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Misinformation Hurts
8 April 2019 | by ephvvSee all my reviews

Cute idea for a comedy. Too bad it's all wrong. Cataplexy doesn't cause narcolepsy, it is a SYMPTOM of narcolepsy that some of us have and some don't. Narcolepsy is a disorder where the most troublesome symptom is excessive daytime exhaustion (an average day for a person with narcolepsy is equal to a healthy person who hasn't slept for 2 to 3 days). Another symptom is insomnia at night. And no, going to bed earlier won't make us less tired during the day because of the insomnia as well as the fact that even when we do sleep our sleep stages are mixed up and in some cases (mine included) even when we are asleep part of our brain is still awake so even after a full night's sleep we feel like we have pulled an all nighter because part of our brain HAS.There are already too many misconceptions out there without you adding more. Too many people believe lies about narcolepsy and these lies lead to false accusations of laziness, hurtful comments from people, failed marriages, lack of understanding from bosses and coworkers, and many other problems that add to the misery of having a chronic illness. And now there is yet another movie making things even worse for us


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