Finding Joy | Review

More from the Garden State: De Rosa Searchs For Romantic Eccentricities

Director Carlo De Rosa’s debut feature is yet another addition to the long list of films about a down-on-his-luck guy who falls for a quirky girl who miraculously gets him out of his comfort zone and saves him from a life of loneliness. Finding Joy is plagued with cliches so much that it would be easy to refer to it as Garden State 2.0 or Seeking a Friend for the End of the World minus the imminent, probably redemptive, destruction of the planet. In fact, the two protagonists uncannily resemble Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. De Rosa desperately tries to create the illusion of having well-developed characters by adding random eccentricities to each one of the supporting roles.

The premise is basic. Kyle (Josh Cooke) is a writer who hasn’t found much success and must go back home
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