Movie Info: This is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.
Mars Review: I wouldn’t call this a complete dud, but it’s the least engaging David O. Russell feature I’ve seen. So much of Joy … seems provisional, a clumsy first-draft attempt at making an unconventional movie about a woman who earned millions from the most pedestrian of objects. Russell draws his characters as broadly as those soap opera stick figures he’s so eager to mock, and though Joy at least tries to break the standard biopic formula, it’s only partially successful at reconstructing an interesting life.
Stars: 1 out of 5 Stars