DVD - 2016
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A 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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 JOY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
stamping,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 2.0
widescreen (1.85:1),24 fps
video file,DVD video,Region 1


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Sep 02, 2020

I thought this movie was very inspirational and realistic. I liked the fact that the film is based on real women and real stories. I think this is a must watch movie for anyone who needs to be inspired. I would recommend this film for ages fourteen and older. I thought the ending was great however I found that the beginning of the film was a little boring. The reason I liked this movie was because not only is it inspirational with great acting, but I think the movie and ending was very surprising and unpredictable which I love. The main message I took away from this movie is you can achieve anything you set your mind to and when your passionate about something do not give up no matter what obstacles come your way. 3.5 stars
@booknerd2020 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Aug 14, 2020

The use of flashbacks, especially in the first half of the film was effective; the plot has a few unexpected twists that keep the film interesting, especially the end which was a bit disappointing since it was just her and a man in room and she made him sign a paper and just like that everything turned out wonderfully. The main character looked way too young and unstressed for the whole film.

May 19, 2020

Great movie. David O. Russell is a favorite director of mine, he always puts out quality movies like this one. If you have a family you'll know what Jennifer Lawrence is going through in this film. Good stuff.

Mar 08, 2020

This movie was pleasantly surprising. It's a slow starter and is somewhat disjointed, but overall, a good story that held my interest. For one, it's semi-biographical and second, it's got an amazing cast of well known actors.

Nov 28, 2019

This movie was very good I loved the story very much. About a young girl who puts everyone first before tending to her own needs and when she finally gets the chance to make something happen for herself things do get complicated but she keeps striving forward to make it happen and succeeds. It gave me a little motivation and/or boost you could say and this film is a must see again its very good.

Oct 27, 2019

Joy had to fight her way to overcome every objectionable challenge while, heavily in debt. Was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes of QVC, the mega giant of sales. A surprise ending to an insurmountably struggle. We bought her mop, but I did not like it.. Don't know if mop still on the market.

Oct 17, 2019

Hmmm. Not feeling the JOY. I’m still not convinced Jennifer Lawrence is a “great” actress. I’ve never been fond of Robert DeNiro. I liked the idea that Joy fought the law and she won. But that didn’t make the film interesting.

May 20, 2019

This movie didn't interest me at all. It was very slow moving and just didn't seem like it was going anywhere.

Apr 23, 2019

I enjoyed the quirks of the characters and the somewhat ridiculous antics at times. Knowing that in the end she ends up successful, it kept me guessing as to how the story would resolve. Worth watching.

Feb 26, 2019

Weird movie

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May 19, 2020

Young Joy: [Young Joy to Joy during a nightmare] When you're hiding you're safe, because people can't see you. But funny thing about hiding: you're even hidden from yourself.

britprincess1ajax Jul 01, 2016

"You know what you are, Terry? You're like a gas leak. We don't see you. We don't smell you. But you're silently killing us all."

britprincess1ajax Jul 01, 2016

"You are in a room and there is a gun on the table. The only other person in the room is an adversary in commerce. Only one of you can prevail. Do you pick up the gun, Joy?"


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Feb 24, 2018

Well acted film about a woman who takes acre of everyone around her at the expense of her own self, desires, dreams, etc.

She pushes her true self down for so many years, then finally reclaims that part of herself, through creating an invention.

Faced with constant blame, disaproval, manipulation, guilt (typical dysfuncional family) she pursues her dream, her life vision, it is what drives her and keeps her alive, she refuses to give up.

As she succeeds in business, she mentors and gives back to those with aspirations.

Motivational, inspiring, uplifting story about life, challenges, being true to yourself and not giving up.

Aug 26, 2016

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May 19, 2020

Other: Drinking/Drunkenness


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