Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a single mom living in her mother’s (Virgina Madson) home. Joy’s ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) lives in the basement and her father (Robert De Niro) is also around in her life, but doesn’t get along well with her mother very much. When Joy brings the idea of a self-wringing mop to her father and his girlfriend (Isabella Rossellini), they agree to lend her money to make some prototypes. Even with many obstacles in her way, this is the story of how Joy introduced the world to the Miracle Mop.
Ok, I’m pretty sure some of you out there are thinking to yourself, “Why did they make a movie about the lady who invented the Miracle Mop?” Let me tell you that for the first 45 minutes of this movie I was thinking the same thing. Sure, the cast and director all took this script and did impressive things with it, but I had to admit that I was not very interested or involved in the movie until Joy began talking about the mop. If it hadn’t been for Jennifer Lawrence, I don’t think I would have kept watching, but I’m glad I did.
Regardless of the odd nature of the story choice, the biography and passion we see from Joy is enough to keep watching. Jennifer Lawrence is a head-strong woman who will stop at nothing to get her product sold. She has to jump through many hurdles to get her dreams to come true, but she gets the results! I found the movie to be interesting and informational all at the same time, however, I’m not sure how much staying power this movie will have. Sure, the acting is good but nothing here is spectacular and I’m not sure many people will need to rewatch this.
At the end of the day, Joy is another solid movie that showcases Jennifer Lawrence’s talents. Some people will find this movie dull and boring while others will be invested for the time being. Either way, I don’t think anyone can go wrong by watching this, but I’m not sure how many people will “love” this movie. Co-starring Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, Dascha Polanco, Elisabeth Rohm, and Susan Lucci.
7/10 Stars – Joy is a solid movie with good acting, however, the story will be an odd choice for many viewers.