Written and directed by David O Russell, JOY is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Like Russell’s previous films (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) JOY defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.
JOY stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in their third collaboration with Russell following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The film and Lawrence’s performance are already tipped in Oscar buzz shortlists – based on the trailer alone. Lawrence won the Best Actress Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for American Hustle. Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Elisabeth Röhm also star.
It is an epic and inspiring story of a young woman whose ingenuity, strength and unyielding persistence in the face of life’s unrelenting challenges and setbacks, transforms her life and that of her eccentric and dysfunctional family, as she rises to become the head of a billion-dollar empire.
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 and 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.
The title refers to Joy, played by Lawrence, a businesswoman who becomes the head of her family at the age of 27. The character was inspired by real-life mogul Joy Mangano, inventor and founder of Ingenious Designs, and is a composite of Mangano and several other female entrepreneurs as well as Russell’s mother and her circle of friends.
This summer’s must-see movie, JOY opens in cinemas on December 26.