I originally saw Joy shortly after it came out. I spent the majority of the movie trying to keep myself from screaming at the TV. The film portrays Joy's family as some of the most wretched, selfish, and rude people I've seen in a while. It wasn't just on or two of them either. It was the majority of them. Knowing that this was based on a true story made it moderately worse. I've since read that a lot of the way her family behaved was creative license, but one wonders how much truth there was in it.
Joy is the story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop. It follows her struggle as a single mom through the invention and implementation and sales of her first major product. The real life Joy has gone on to invent multiple household products and holds a ton of patents.
As for Jennifer Lawrence, I wouldn't necessarily say that this was her best role. She spent a lot of time staring into space and taking the abuse that her family doled out on her. That doesn't really make for a amazing biopic.
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