JOY

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Molly Boyle)

David O. Rus­sell’s lat­est ven­ture with the re­turn­ing cast of Jen­nifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper (Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book) opens with the ti­tle card, “In­spired by the true sto­ries of dar­ing women. One in par­tic­u­lar.” The film tells the story of Joy (Lawrence, up for a Best Ac­tress Os­car), based on the real-life tale of Joy Mangano’s rise to home-shop­ping net­work suc­cess af­ter she in­vented the self-wring­ing Mir­a­cle Mop while strug­gling to pay the bills as a sin­gle mother. Rus­sell es­tab­lishes a pleas­antly screw­ball pace early on, and the nar­ra­tive is en­ter­tain­ing for much of the film, car­ried along by the Lawrence’s ra­di­ant en­ergy and De Niro’s wry comedic chops. But style ul­ti­mately trumps the movie’s frag­mented sub­stance, and af­ter all the sassy lines, sun­glasses, and saun­ter­ing are over, view­ers may be left won­der­ing what ex­actly the point was. Rated PG-13. 124 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown.

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