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Ode to Joy (2019)

R | | Comedy | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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Charlie has a neurological disorder so 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.

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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
Jackie Seiden ... Jan
Adam Shapiro ... Marvin
Ellis Rubin ... Victor
dL Sams ... Tearful Wife
Alex Perez ... Wedding Photographer
Jason Altman ... Mad Banker
Ed Herbstman
Ravi Cabot-Conyers ... Deangelo
Tyler Bourke ... Frederick
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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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He's never been happier. And that's the problem.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ode to Joy See more »

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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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Production Co:

Mosaic See more »
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Color:

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

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Charlie: I'm cataplexic. I pass out anytime I feel strong emotions. In my case, it's mainly joy.
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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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