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|Directed by||David O. Russell|
|Screenplay by||David O. Russell|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$101.1 million|
Joy is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film, written and directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire.
Joy received a theatrical release on December 25, 2015, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Lawrence's performance but criticized the writing and pace of the film. Lawrence received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. Joy was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, among other accolades.
In 1990, Joy Mangano, an airline booking agent residing in Peconic, New York, struggles financially while juggling a complicated family life. Living with Joy and her two children are her single mother, Terri, who spends all day in bed watching soap operas, her maternal grandmother, Mimi, and her under-employed ex-husband, Tony, a wannabe singer who sleeps in the basement. Her overachieving paternal half-sister, Peggy, constantly humiliates Joy in front of her children for her failed marriage. Joy's father, Rudy, further complicates matters when he also moves into the basement after his third divorce.
Mimi and Joy's best friend, Jackie, encourage Joy to pursue her inventing ambitions. Frustrated when using a conventional mop, Joy designs and builds an innovative self-wringing type. Trudy, a wealthy Italian widow Rudy is dating, agrees to invest in Joy's product. They contract with a California company to manufacture the mop's parts at a low price. To avoid a potential patent lawsuit, the company advises Joy to pay $50,000 in royalties to a man in Hong Kong who has a similar product. When the manufacturer repeatedly bills Joy to remake their faulty parts, Joy refuses to pay.
Joy meets QVC executive Neil Walker who agrees to sell her mops on TV. To manufacture 50,000 additional units, Joy takes out a second home mortgage. When the first TV attempt fails after the celebrity pitchman improperly demonstrates the product, Joy demands she be allowed to do a second infomercial. The mop sells out, earning thousands of dollars; Joy's success is soon tempered by Mimi's sudden death.
Joy's fledgling business is financially jeopardized after Peggy pays the manufacturer's excessive overcharges without Joy's approval. The manufacturer refuses to refund the money, and a contract loophole allows them to fraudulently patent Joy's mop design as their own. Shortly after filing for bankruptcy, Joy discovers there never was a similar product in Hong Kong, and the manufacturer has defrauded her. She confronts owner Derek Markham, forcing him to refund the overcharges, pay damages, and relinquish any claim to her patent or else face criminal charges.
Joy becomes a successful independent businesswoman who sponsors other inventors. Jackie and Tony are her most valued advisers. Joy supports her aging father, despite his and Peggy's unsuccessful lawsuit for ownership of her company. Only Terri is independent, having found stability with Toussaint, a Haitian plumber Joy once hired. As Neil predicted, he and Joy became "adversaries in commerce," with her move to HSN, but they remain personal friends.
- Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano
- Robert De Niro as Rudy Mangano, Joy's father
- Bradley Cooper as Neil Walker, an executive at QVC
- Édgar Ramírez as Tony Miranne, Joy's ex-husband
- Diane Ladd as Mimi, Joy's grandmother
- Dascha Polanco as Jackie, Joy's best friend
- Emily Nunez as young Jackie
- Elisabeth Röhm as Peggy, Joy's half-sister
- Madison Wolfe as young Peggy
- Virginia Madsen as Terri Mangano, Joy's mother
- Isabella Rossellini as Trudy, Joy's father's girlfriend and Joy's financier
- Melissa Rivers as Joan Rivers
- Donna Mills as Priscilla
- Susan Lucci as Danica
- Maurice Benard as Jared
- Laura Wright as Clarinda
- Alexander Cook as Bartholomew
- Jimmy Jean-Louis as Toussaint
- Drena De Niro as Cindy
Writing and casting
In January 2014, it was announced that David O. Russell's upcoming project would entail rewriting and directing a drama film about American inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three children. Russell set Jennifer Lawrence to play the lead role in the film, which John Davis and John Fox produced for Davis Entertainment, along with Ken Mok, with 20th Century Fox holding the distribution rights. In early November 2014, Russell said it was "a great opportunity to do something neither Jennifer nor I have done [before]." He also stated that he would like to cast Robert De Niro and create a role for Bradley Cooper to star in the film. On November 11, it was reported that De Niro was in final talks to re-team with Russell and Lawrence in the film, to play Mangano's father. They worked together in the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, and then De Niro made a cameo in 2013's American Hustle. Russell rewrote the script by Annie Mumolo. On November 17, De Niro confirmed his casting, saying "Yes I am going to do something with them. I am going to play a father." In early December 2014, Cooper was officially set to star along with Lawrence, playing an executive at QVC who helps Joy by giving the Miracle Mop a boost. On December 8, Édgar Ramírez was cast as Tony Miranda, Joy's now ex-husband. Additional cast members, including Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen in unspecified roles, were revealed on February 17, 2015. Isabella Crovetti-Cramp played young Joy. In February, another working title was revealed, which was Kay's Baptism. Elisabeth Röhm's casting as Peggy, sister of Joy Mangano, was revealed on February 27, 2015.
Principal photography began in February 2015, after De Niro completed the shooting of Dirty Grandpa. Filming was originally set to begin on February 9, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts, making this Russell's third film shot in the area. Due to snow in the city, filming was rescheduled to begin on February 19, on Federal Street in Wilmington, MA, lasting through February 26, but principal photography on the film began in Boston on February 16, 2015.
In Wilmington, filming lasted until February 26, 2015. On February 27, 2015, Lawrence made a Facebook post denying the rumors about her clashes with Russell on the set of the film, saying, "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey. This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making it!" After wrapping up in Wilmington, the production moved to North Reading, where shooting took place March 2–4, 2015 and on March 11 and 12.
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The film was released on December 25, 2015.
Joy grossed $56.4 million in the U.S. and Canada and $44.7 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $101.1 million against a budget of $60 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film opened on December 25, 2015 alongside Point Break, Daddy's Home, and Concussion, as well as the wide release of The Big Short. In its opening weekend, it was projected to gross $13–15 million from 2,896 theaters. It ended up grossing $17 million, finishing third at the box office behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($149.2 million) and Daddy's Home ($38.7 million).
Joy received mixed reviews from critics. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 59%, based on 247 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's consensus reads, "Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell's uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
|Academy Awards||Best Actress||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
|AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards||Best Picture||Nominated|
|Best Time Capsule||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Diane Ladd||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Robert De Niro||Nominated|
|Best Screenwriter||David O. Russell||Won|
|ACE Eddie Awards||Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical||Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Tom Cross and Christopher Tellefsen||Nominated|
|Art Directors Guild Awards||Contemporary Film||Judy Becker||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America||Big Budget – Comedy||Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Angela Peri||Nominated|
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||Excellence in Costume Design for a Contemporary Film||Michael Wilkinson||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Actress||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Comedy||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Actress||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical||Jennifer Lawrence||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Jennifer Lawrence||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Drama||Jennifer Lawrence||Won|
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