David O. Russel takes the director’s chair for Joy, a semi-biographical drama film very loosely based on the life of inventor and self-made millionaire Joy Mangano.
Joy is an average woman whose family is severely dysfunctional. Everyone expects her to fix all of her problems while she dreams of greater things. One day, she has a flash of genius while mopping. After cutting herself mopping up a broken wine glass, she gets an idea for Miracle Mop that you can ring out without touching it.
After getting the funding and materials she needs, she gets an opportunity to pitch her idea, but is plagued by her overbearing family, the manufacturing needs, and money in general. With only a few allies, she presses onward to try to achieve her success.
The film is a little slow and random flashbacks (and flash forwards) bogged the story down a couple of times, but the movie is a great film with a beautiful lesson to it. Jennifer Lawrence proves she can carry a film herself with this movie. Trust me, I’m not bad mouthing the other actors. Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, Edgar Ramirez, and the rest of the cast are amazing in it as well.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, mild thematic elements
- Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano
- Robert De Niro as Rudy Mangano, Joy’s father
- Bradley Cooper as Neil Walker, an executive at QVC
- Édgar Ramírez as Tony Miranne, Joy’s ex-husband
- Diane Ladd as Mimi, Joy’s grandmother
- Virginia Madsen as Terri Mangano, Joy’s mother
- Isabella Rossellini as Trudy, Joy’s father’s girlfriend and Joy’s financier
- Elisabeth Röhm as Peggy, Joy’s half-sister
- Dascha Polanco as Jackie, Joy’s best friend
- Melissa Rivers as Joan Rivers
- Donna Mills as Priscilla
- Susan Lucci as Danica
- Maurice Benard as Jared
- Laura Wright as Clarinda
- Alexander Cook as Bartholomew
- Jimmy Jean-Louis as Touissant
- Drena De Niro as Cindy