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Ode to Joy (2019)

R | | Comedy | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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Charlie has a neurological disorder where strong emotions, especially joy, make him faint. He lives with his brother. Working as librarian gives him a quiet environment but then Francesca enters the library and his life.

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Freeman ... Charlie
Morena Baccarin ... Francesca
Jake Lacy ... Cooper
Melissa Rauch ... Bethany
Shannon Woodward ... Liza
Hayes MacArthur ... Jordan
Adam Shapiro ... Marvin
Jackie Seiden ... Jan
Jane Curtin ... Sylvia
Adam LeFevre ... Father Dave
Sabrina Sloan ... Ann
Ollie Seiden Ollie Seiden ... Service Dog
Sharon Gee Sharon Gee ... Helen
Ellis Rubin ... Victor
Willie C. Carpenter ... Lavelle
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He's never been happier. And that's the problem.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual references | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This story is loosely based on act 3 of episode 409 of "This American Life" radio program hosted by Ira Glass. See more »

Goofs

During Marvin and Liza's wedding, when Charlie starts falling, he is beside Cooper and in the next shot, he comes in front of Liza. See more »

Quotes

Bethany: I wanna break-up.
Charlie: I completely understand.
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene during the credits, where Charlie and Francesca share a bathroom together. Charlie watches her applying roll-on deodorant and falls asleep in the sink. See more »

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Comedy with tears
3 September 2019 | by ks-60500See all my reviews

Recent good comedy in 2019. Bring joys with great story line. Loving someone to Charlie is a Mount Fuji but he conquered. Really not just comedy but tears for some moment. Beautiful !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,568, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$17,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,594
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