What You Need To Know - April 24, 2016

Joy - What You Need To Know
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Joy - What You Need To Know

It grossed over $100 million at the box office and was a hit with critics as well as earning Jennifer Lawrence a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars and now it’s coming to DVD on Monday (April 25th). Here is everything you need to know about Joy, the story of Joy Mangano…


What’s The Plot?

At the beginning we find Joy Mangano in a serious rut. She’s a divorced mother of two, with a low-paying job as a booking clerk for an airline and a house that is home to her, her two young children, her mother, her grandmother and her ex-husband. Struggling to keep herself and her family afloat, Joy’s luck turns a little when her father begins dating a wealthy widow with some business experience and a very nice boat. While hanging out on this boat Joy accidentally knocks over some wine and, while attempting to mop up the mess, cuts her hands on the broken glass while wringing the mop.

Inspired by this, Joy returns home and creates blueprints for a self-wringing mop, a mop she believes can be a huge success. She builds the prototype, persuades Trudy to invest in her idea and then sets out to sell the thing, a process that comes with plenty of bumps along the way...


Who’s In It?

Lawrence leads the way as Mangano herself with Edgar Ramirez playing her ex-husband and still weirdly close friend Tony. Robert De Niro plays her father Rudy, Virginia Madsen plays her mother Terri, while Isabella Rosselini portrays her father’s new girlfriend and her early financier Trudy.

There is also a very striking turn from Elisabeth Röhm, who you might know best for her role in Angel, who is chilling as Joy's half-sister Peggy. Finally there’s a brief, but very well-played turn from Bradley Cooper, he plays Neil Walker, an executive at QVC who takes a chance on Joy’s product.


And Who’s Behind The Camera?

For the third time in succession Lawrence and Cooper team up with writer/director David O’Russell, he teamed up with Bridesmaids’ writer Annie Mumolo to come up with the story.


Does It Deliver?

This is very much Lawrence’s film. That’s not to say the other members of the cast let it down, they don’t, but everybody takes a backseat to J-Law. That’s no bad thing, as this is all about one woman’s strength of character and sheer will to succeed and that comes across beautifully. This is a gripping, engaging and hugely enjoyable drama with plenty of laughs. Well worth your time.

Joy is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (April 25th). Click here to pre-order in hmv’s online store.

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