Wednesday, January 20, 2016


An intelligent, underachieving single mother (Jennifer Lawrence) works at an airline counter and lives at home with her depressed TV addicted mother (Virginia Madsen), an encouraging grandmother (Diane Ladd), her ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez), and acerbic father (Robert De Niro) until the day she realizes her dream: inventing the Miracle Mop. Joy is more of the same pointless manic fare from David O. Russell, here an incredibly slight story that is somehow a biographical composite of several women, but is surprising in that it makes for a nice little vehicle for Ms. Lawrence who is actually quite good playing a hard nosed businesswoman/single mom.
** 1/2 out of ****