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"I don't need a prince," the young Joy Mangano tells her incredulous half-sister in writer/director David O Russell's fizzy feminist dramedy. Seen through her grandmother's eyes (Diane Ladd) and imbued with her pride and protectiveness,
transforms the inventor's life into a gorgeous but nevertheless gritty fairy tale. Despite the quietly showy camerawork and overriding feel of the fantastical, Mangano (played by Russell regular Jennifer Lawrence) is presented as a woman of credible, complex character - the only "unanxious presence" in a chaotic brood. At the height of her domestic despair, she happens upon an idea for a revolutionary mop and sets about making it happen. Russell mines Joy's fractious familial relations and the weird world of home shopping to amusing effect, while it's cheering to see a woman's career accomplishments placed at the fore. Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper are spot-on in support but a gutsy, understated Lawrence leads by example in a role that inspires great admiration. Rich with enchantment and fuelled by female determination, this story of the travails of an ordinary heroine is as delightful as its title suggests.
An imaginative youngster with dreams of being an inventor grows up to be a downtrodden single mother, struggling to support her chaotic family. She sees a chance to turn all their lives around when inspiration strikes and she creates a new household tool, but faces the challenge of selling her product in the demanding world of a home shopping TV station. Fact-based drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Cast & Crew
Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Robert De Niro
David O Russell
20th Century Fox
DVD and Blu-ray
1 Jan 2016
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