Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2015
DVD: May 3, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 2.55
based on 232 votes and 51 reviews
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Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Rohm

Inspiration: Joy Mangano


Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is in a dead-end job, with debt up to her eyeballs. She shares a house with her divorced parents, her grandmother and her ex-husband. She decides something has to change, so she comes up with an idea for a new product and launches her own business.

She invents an easy-wringing mop and produces 100 mops using her own financial banking. She tries to sell them to stores, but doesn't have much luck until she contacts the QVC shopping network. They agree to promote the mop, but it fails miserably, through no fault of Joy's. She realizes she has to keep struggling for success, using enormous resourcefulness to finally get her product on the market.

Director: David O. Russell
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): John Davis, Ken Mok, Jonathan Gordon, Megan Ellison, John Fox
Screenplay: Annie Mumolo, David O. Russell
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  • 3 stars "A very slow beginning and only becomes somewhat worth watching 2/3 of the way in. I'm glad I only rented it and hadn't wasted my time or money by seeing it in the theatres!!"
  • 5 stars "excellent movie , highly recommend"
  • 3 stars "It's an ok movie and good as a rental."