Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence and tells us the story about a woman who dared to invent something, even though it may or may not have sold in the stores. As a child, Joy always used to invent things. As an adult, life got in the way from her imagination. She had children, a divorce, and a crazy family. One day she thought of an invention that she thought would make the lives easier of everyone woman who cleans their house. She thought of a mop that rings itself, is lightweight, and is washable. The movie goes on to show us the problems that came along with getting patents, funding, etc.
Along with Jennifer Lawrence, we have Robert de Niro, who plays Joy’s father, and Bradley Cooper who plays the man at QVC (the home shopping channel, for those who aren’t aware). Some people try to steal Joy’s invention when she starts to actually sell, but alas she is a strong woman with strong people helping her out.
I thought Lawrence did a good job in this film, per usual. As the film progressed it was evident that the main character was growing into herself, becoming more confident, and ultimately doing what she needed to get done. I was a little worried about her family - they were pretty sad (the basis of the story, not the actors/actresses), and I started to not like them very much.
Being a movie based on a true story, I always wonder how much of it is real. I liked when she insisted on selling her own mop on the QVC program. And when she did, it was a hot commodity. Apparently, that kind of mop was a big controversy too, which I don’t understand. Why on Earth would someone NOT want a mop that rings itself dry and can be reused over and over again? Hmm. I don’t know about that one, guess you had to be there.
Overall, this movie was pretty good, though it wasn’t a joy to watch (see what I did there?). I would recommend it because the acting is good and I always love watching films based on true stories just to see what actually happened (well, kinda) and to learn more about history (well, kinda). I’ll give this movie an “okay” rating.
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