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Friday, 26 February 2016

JOY [2015]

Director David O. Russell reunites with his usual cast members for the funny inspirational drama Joy.
It's a slightly fictional bio-pic on American entrepreneur Joy Mangano and the trouble she had with her world famous Miracle Mop, while still trying to juggle being a single mother who took care of her whole crazy family.
Based on Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican Hustle, Russell and his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence  & Bradley Cooper seemed to be the perfect ingredients for success but Joy manages to fumble a bit with a distractingly uneven tone.  Still Lawrence is terrific at portraying characters who are much older than the actress actually is, with a confident performance that is worth giving the film at least a single viewing.  The script seems to start leading into all sorts of potentially interesting arcs for character interaction but never seems to find it's footing and ultimately feels like it needs a good mop-up itself.

3 soap operas out of 5

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