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Joy

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • David O Russell
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

"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, Joy 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.

Credits

Cast

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Joy ManganoJennifer Lawrence (2)
Rudy ManganoRobert De Niro
Neil WalkerBradley Cooper
Tony MiranneEdgar Ramirez
TrudyIsabella Rossellini
MimiDiane Ladd
TerryVirginia Madsen
JackieDascha Polanco
PeggyElisabeth Röhm
Joan RiversMelissa Rivers

Crew

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DirectorDavid O Russell

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2016-01-01
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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