Friday, August 19, 2016

Joy 2015

     This film is loosely based on the true story of Joy Mangano.  In 1990, she invented the Miracle Mop and it’s a self-wringing mop with 300 feet of cotton for the mop head.  It can be wrung out without touching the mop head and the head can be cleaned in the washing machine.  She had 50,000 mops made for her debut on the QVC TV channel.  Because the spokesperson didn’t know how to use the mop, there were no sales.  Joy and her backer Trudy had to file for bankruptcy.  This was one of the lowest points in her life.
     When Joy meets the executive producer at QVC and he talks to her about selling a product, I wondered how Bradley Cooper was able to say his lines without hysterical laughter.  I wanted to laugh at the concept of it!!  Jennifer is very convincing in this role and you can tell how she is going to react as different circumstances come into play.  I thought the concept of this film was unusual and I wouldn’t have seen it as being a success as a film?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

124 min, Bio directed by David O. Russell with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Dascha Polanco, Elsabeth Rohm, Susan Lucci.

Note:  Imdb 6.6 out of 10, 61% critic 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 1228 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Boston, Framingham, Salem, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Wilmington, North Reading, Lynn, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Joy and she won a Golden Globe.  This film was number three in gross sales behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Daddy’s Home.

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