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  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

Joy Mangano (Lawrence) is a young mother coping with her dysfunctional family; the story traces her invention and development of the Miracle Mop. Russell's screwball drama never really finds its tone and although Lawrence is probably too young, she plays Joy with gusto; only now and again does it rise to the heights of Russell's earlier work.

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12A 121mins 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. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. Doors open 5pm.

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28 Dec 20153 stars

Jennifer Lawrence gives it some gusto in David O Russell’s tonally uncertain dramedy

It’s a testament to the strength of his talent and vision that David O Russell is readily regarded as one of today’s greatest filmmakers, despite the fact that he has made just seven features in the past two decades. With topics ranging from the…

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