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Joy (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 2015 (USA)
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Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director:

David O. Russell

Writers:

David O. Russell (screenplay), Annie Mumolo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Joy
Robert De Niro ... Rudy
Bradley Cooper ... Neil Walker
Edgar Ramírez ... Tony
Diane Ladd ... Mimi
Virginia Madsen ... Terry
Isabella Rossellini ... Trudy
Dascha Polanco ... Jackie
Elisabeth Röhm ... Peggy (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Susan Lucci ... Danica
Laura Wright ... Clarinda
Maurice Benard ... Ridge
Donna Mills ... Priscilla
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Touissant
Ken Howard ... Mop Executive
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Storyline

Joy has always been fascinated by creating things, This pursuit was always supported emotionally by her maternal grandmother, Mimi. Joy feels that lack of practical support has led to others making fortunes on ideas she came up with years ago but could not act upon manufacturing. Despite being broke, Joy is the person in her extended family to whom everyone has always turned, in the process forgoing her own life, including not having attended college to help see her parents through their divorce. She works in an unsatisfying job as an Eastern Airlines ticket clerk; and lives with her mother Terry who spends all day in bed watching soap operas; her ex-husband Tony, a less than successful aspiring Latino Tom Jones wannabe; and their two children. Added to this mix is her father Rudy, the owner of a failing heavy-duty garage, which is managed by Joy's older half-sister Peggy, with whom she has somewhat of a strained relationship, and for which Joy does the books. Sharon, Rudy's latest ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In America the ordinary needs the extraordinary every single day.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,500,000, 27 December 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,451,232

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,134,059
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro; and three Oscar nominees: Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. See more »

Goofs

The character mispronounced Lancaster, PA, the way it is pronounced in Pennsylvania (locals pronounce it Lankister). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clarinda: [TV soap opera scene] It doesn't make sense, I don't understand how something like this happened. I don't know what I'm going to do. This has been my whole life, and now it's gone I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Pendleton Industries is all I've ever known, and now it's all been taken away.
Danica: When someone sees a weakness in me, I turn that weakness into a strength.
[holds up a gun]
Clarinda: Danica, you're so strong. I don't think I can do anything like this.
Danica: You can imagine changing your ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare is shortened for the first half, in order to have the bells taking over it for the second half. Like in The Maze Runner (2014), it cuts to black. The opening theme starts playing over the following Annapurna Pictures and Davis Entertainment logos. See more »

Connections

References Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel Free
Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown (as Peter Brown)
Produced by Blake Mills
Performed by Brittany Howard
Brittany Howard Performs Courtesy of ATO Records
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More than I was expecting
20 August 2017 | by moveebuff1953See all my reviews

I was not drawn to Joy when it was first released because it just looked like a made for TV movie. I was surprised when Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance and still had no real desire to see Joy. Joy popped up on my new releases list on Apple TV today so I thought I would just watch the first 10 minutes to get an idea whether it would be watching or not. After 10 minutes I knew this was worth watching so my husband and I watched it and to both of our surprise we really liked it. Jennifer Lawrence was outstanding in her role as Joy. I've always thought Lawrence was an amazing actress since I saw her in Winter's Bone. She is the real deal. She is destined for more success with each film she is in. DeNiro is amazing as always. It is a wonderful story that should have received better reviews. I can understand why it wasn't a box office hit but it is definitely worth watching.


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