Becky and I went to see the movie JOY at the AMC theater near Redondo Beach, CA on Friday for Christmas with Conroy, Corban and Bianca before taking a flight back to Denver, CO. The Fandango website at JOY describes the movie as follows…
“Biopic of entrepreneur Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), a divorced mother of two who risks her life’s savings to produce and market her invention, the Miracle Mop. Joy faces opposition from her dysfunctional family, including her father Rudy (Robert De Niro), as they meddle in her burgeoning business. But when the head of the newly founded QVC network (Bradley Cooper) gives her a chance to sell her product on live TV, the Miracle Mop becomes a household name….”
The Review: This is a movie about perseverance at all costs and against all odds. It’s about a woman who has had life hand her a bad hand with a family that is a bit nuts and continually creates chaos in her life after her parents are divorced when she is young. She sacrifices her own dreams to help her father who is really unappreciative and her mother who is a whacko and lives vicariously through her Soap Opera addictions. She has a jealous step sister and a grandma who keeps encouraging her that she can be more than she believes she can, which makes for a very interesting film because it is so real to life.
The movie is based on the true story of Joy Mangano, who is the creator of the Miracle Mop that ended up selling on QVC and this film shows the challenges that she went through to make it happen. It’s very entertaining and the acting was great as we have come to expect from Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, along with the rest of the cast in this feature film. One of the reasons it was so enjoyable is because things didn’t come easy for her with her family getting in the way constantly, along with other obstacles from other people trying to steal her business. The movie is very well done and it will have you cheering for the underdog as she tries to break free from the cycle of failure in her family.
We all liked this movie and it is definitely one to put on your list for the Holidays.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – **** Don’t Miss It
Conroy – **** Don’t Miss it
Corban – **** Don’t Miss It
Bianca – **** Don’t Miss It
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