ByJamie Fenn, writer at

Joy is a real life female empowerment story. She is a single mother struggling to make ends meet. Her ex-husband lives in the basement, her mother hasn’t left her bedroom in an very long time and now her father Rudy needs a place to crash. Only her grandma Mimi provides unconditional love for Joy.

When Rudy becomes involved with a wealthy widow named Trudy a random incident leads to opportunity for Joy to reinvent herself. A red wine spill gives Joy the idea for a new kind of mop that can be easily wrung out without getting the user’s hands wet, she called it the Miracle Mop.

With a loan from Trudy she tries to bring her invention to market and fails until the mop becomes a hit on the home shopping network.Still, even with sales in the tens of thousands she has problems gaining profits from her mops.

When Joy, stands on the QVC stage, frozen in fear from all the cameras and bright lights and finally gathers herself together to talk about her Miracle Mop, the conviction in the monologue is so strong that you see Lawrence’s cheeks flush. You can see that Lawrence herself believes in Joy’s mop and it’s potential so strongly that it makes her emotional and that emotion translates. There are similar sequences: Joy letting off steam at the makeshift shooting range, and the standoff scene in a Texas hotel. The final moment shows Joy walking towards the camera in slo-mo, putting on her sunglasses. The moment goes on while Joy says her ending monologue.

“In life, fantastically gifted people, people who are driven, can be too much to handle; they can be a pain. In plays, in opera, they’re divine, and on the screen, where they can be seen in their perfection, and where we’re even safer from them, they’re more divine.”

Thinking about the story line, "Joy" demands that the audience becomes emotionally invested in a mop, but is still a very enjoyable film.


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