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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inspiring but uneven drama about Miracle Mop inventor.

Movie PG-13 2015 124 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Wonderfully inspiring film

I watched this film with my 18 year old daughter and really found it inspiring. Against all odds she made things work for herself. I think it's a wonderful character film to show that you have to keep on trying, and be nice about it, even when things get tough. The performances are top notch.

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age 9+
My wife and I saw this at the cinema and decided we should watch it together as a family (12 year old boy and 9 year old girl). The main reason was that the movie covered an individual who persevered with an idea, and also supported and provided the glue for a dysfunctional (and amusing) family. We thought the movie had simple but positive messages about both persistence (life-long) and affection within families despite differences. We all enjoyed it, despite the appropriate comments about the unevenness of the script. We did have to explain what "patents" were before to the kids and I am not sure how much they actually understood of the meeting between Joy and the cowboy at the end ... but I would recommend it as a good movie to watch on a quiet night in with plenty to talk about.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (13):

Director David O. Russell's signature kinetic charm is at play here, but this movie falls short of greatness. Lawrence delivers a brilliant performance, backed by an unimpeachable cast that includes Robert De Niro as Mangano's father, Isabella Rossellini as his girlfriend, and Bradley Cooper as a QVC genius.

But the meandering, over-long script is all over the place, and Russell's jazzy genius -- which lofted previous films -- feels a bit like a shortcut here. Joy never quite finds its center. Still, Joy's rags-to-riches -- with a load of obstacles in turn -- is inarguably inspiring.

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