- 15 min
Joy is a 2015 biographical comedy-drama directed by David O. Russell, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper. The movie is based on the true story of Joy Mangano, an entrepreneur who invented the Miracle Mop and became a successful businesswoman in the United States. The movie takes place in the 1990s and follows the life of Joy, a divorced mother of two children who lives with her mother, father, and grandmother. Joy has a creative mind and dreams of becoming an inventor, but her life seems to be going nowhere. She is constantly taking care of her dysfunctional family and has a dead-end job as an airline booking agent.
One day, while cleaning up a mess made by her father's broken glass, Joy has an epiphany and decides to create a self-wringing mop that could change the way people clean their floors. With the support of her family, Joy puts her life savings into the creation of the Miracle Mop, but things do not go as planned. She struggles to find a manufacturer who will take a chance on her product and has to confront several obstacles along the way, including patent disputes and a failed TV advertising campaign.
Throughout the movie, Joy faces a series of challenges, both personal and professional. Her family is constantly putting her down and undermining her ambitions, while the business world proves to be a cut-throat arena where only the strong survive. Despite these setbacks, Joy never gives up and manages to overcome every obstacle in her way.
The movie is a tribute to strong, independent women who fight to achieve their dreams in a male-dominated world. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a powerful performance as Joy, portraying her as a determined and resourceful woman who refuses to be beaten down by the challenges she faces. She portrays Joy's vulnerability and her strength, showcasing the emotional range that made her one of the top actresses of her generation.
Robert De Niro delivers a standout performance as Joy's father, Rudy, a man struggling to come to grips with his divorce and his own dwindling aspirations. Rudy is a complex character, simultaneously supportive and destructive, and De Niro brings out both aspects of his personality with great nuance.
Bradley Cooper, meanwhile, shines as Neil Walker, an executive at the Home Shopping Network who takes a chance on Joy and helps her bring the Miracle Mop to the masses. Cooper portrays Neil as a smooth-talking businessman who recognizes Joy's potential and sees in her the drive and determination he himself once had.
The supporting cast is also excellent, with Isabella Rossellini standing out as a funding partner who takes a chance on Joy, and Diane Ladd as Joy's grandmother, a voice of wisdom and support throughout Joy's journey.
Overall, Joy is a compelling movie that tells an inspiring story of an ordinary woman who achieves extraordinary things. With its powerful performances, witty dialogue, and engaging storyline, Joy is a must-see for anyone who appreciates a good biographical drama about an entrepreneur who overcomes many obstacles and achieves the American Dream.
Joy is a 2015 comedy with a runtime of 15 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 56.