DVD - 2016
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A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce
Publisher: [United States] : Fox Home Entertainment, 2016
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Joy
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 19, 2018

I made it through about 1/3 of the movie, but turned it off then, as little about it was holding my interest.

Jan 29, 2018

Joy "tell(s) the story of an entrepreneurial woman who invented a self-wringing mop, made waves at QVC and HSN, and turned her life around using her enterprising spirit...Joy Mangano, the woman who actually did stand as the films primary inspiration. But Joy isn't just about Mangano; its a combination of her story mixed with the imagination of David O. Russell and his personal relationships with powerful and innovative women. This makes Joy something less than a biopic but more...a version of Manganos truth mixed with the exhaustive spirit of other successful figures." [IMDB]
If you get past the first 30 minutes, of family dynamics, this film gets much better and is an inspiring story of triumph over defeat and empowerment against all odds. Very good acting by Jennifer Lawrence and supporting cast.
Extras include a 20 minute segment of interviews of cast, but mainly the directer and writer, David O Russell, with other film credits of American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Three Kings (1999), among others.

Aug 28, 2017

Started watching this mostly for a Jennifer Lawrence performance and she delivered again. Only part way through I realized it was a bio pic. As a retired business person, I found the movie interesting in its portrayal of the sleazy side of business, especially patents and the risks people take. At times it was a bit confusing, hence 3.5 stars. I'll blame the script.

May 05, 2017

10 minutes into this and I was bored. Did not like this movie.

May 01, 2017

A cautionary tale for naive inventors. A dizzying emotional roller coaster.
It's a dramedy, a difficult merging of drama and comedy (like mixing oil and water).
Generally successful here.

Apr 30, 2017

Very big lows and highs in this movie. At times I thought I couldn't watch it was so stressful and painful...and then unexpected triumph...ruination and then jubilation. Back and forth. You will become emotionally enraptured by this film. There are few films that attain this level of emotional involvement from the audience. The wicked half-sister and Cinderella relationship between Joy and her half-sister was realistically portrayed. Many people may recognize this ever-present threat of treachery from within one's own family in their own lives. It was an inspirational, touching movie, surprisingly about a woman who invents a mop and tries to make a business selling it. Usually movies are star-studded because the script is weak. This, however, was a very fine film.

Apr 01, 2017

I didn't quite get this movie. At first I thought maybe it was a comedy because of some of the scenes and situations. They were exaggerated and hard to believe so it seemed like comedy to me. But based on the film description it was intended as drama. I watched the whole thing unsure exactly what kind of movie it was. Too much of it was unbelievable and I couldn't imagine it really happening to anyone. So much was unexplained. Why and how could these things happen? I just didn't get it I guess.

Mar 20, 2017

Probably Jennifer Lawrence's best performance. Movie runs the gambit from hilarious to heartbreak. Very entertaining. It's worth a view.

The following review may contain some undesired content for people who have yet to see this film: It was a very stressful movie and you just wanted to go in there and sort everything out. It was sad that the family did not get back together again. Jennifer Lawrence does a great job in her role as Joy.

Feb 05, 2017

Enjoyed the film. Jennifer Lawrence does a great job as does Bradley Cooper. Not a fan of Robert De Niro tho.

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Feb 24, 2018

Well acted film about a woman who takes acre of everyone around her at the expense of her own self, desires, dreams, etc.

She pushes her true self down for so many years, then finally reclaims that part of herself, through creating an invention.

Faced with constant blame, disaproval, manipulation, guilt (typical dysfuncional family) she pursues her dream, her life vision, it is what drives her and keeps her alive, she refuses to give up.

As she succeeds in business, she mentors and gives back to those with aspirations.

Motivational, inspiring, uplifting story about life, challenges, being true to yourself and not giving up.

Aug 26, 2016

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Jul 01, 2016

"You know what you are, Terry? You're like a gas leak. We don't see you. We don't smell you. But you're silently killing us all."

Jul 01, 2016

"You are in a room and there is a gun on the table. The only other person in the room is an adversary in commerce. Only one of you can prevail. Do you pick up the gun, Joy?"


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