The inspiring true story of a woman whose simple invention might make her a millionaire — if she can survive her dysfunctional family.

Year: 2015
Certificate: 12
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Robert De NiroDiane LaddVirginia MadsenDavid O. RussellEdgar RamírezJennifer LawrenceIsabella RosselliniElisabeth RöhmBradley CooperSusan LucciDascha PolancoEdgar RamirezElisabeth Rohm

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I remember when ‘Joy’ came out at the cinema and I was disappointed I didn’t get the chance to go. I am a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and I was interested as to how she would fair as a leading lady outside of the Hunger Games series. Other than ‘House at the end of the street‘ she was more commonly found in ensemble casts such as the ‘X-men’ movies or ‘American Hustle’.

‘Joy’ is loosely based on the story of Joy Mangano who in 1990 after growing frustrated with ordinary mops, developed what would become the massively popular ‘Miracle Mop’. A self-wringing plastic mop with a head made from a continuous loop of 300 feet (90 meters) of cotton that can be easily wrung out without getting the user’s hands wet.

The film uses this as the basis for the plot but changes some important details to make the film a little more dramatic but I think the backbone of the story is true to life.

Although Ms Lawrence is the main star of this piece of fact-meeting-fiction the extended cast is still pretty impressive. Playing her on-screen father is fellow Academy winner Robert De Niro and they are joined by Acadamy Award nominee Bradley Cooper. Add to that stars such as Isabella RosselliniVirginia Madsen and Edgar Ramirez, the acting on display is understandably good.

Sadly, that’s where the positives ended for me. When I describe this film to other people and I tell them it’s about a woman who invents a mop, I see their eyes slowly begin to glaze over. The acting is good, the directing is good but the story is pretty flat.

Although the story of a woman going from working for an airline, trying and struggling to support her family to become a success using her own invention is a great rags to riches story, that’s really all it has going for it.

If you are a fan of any of the cast or crew, then give this a go, but if you’re looking for something entertaining on Netflix, I’d add this to your list but only if you’ve watched everything else on there.

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