With three straight films that went on to be box office hits and major Oscar contenders, it’s safe to say that David O. Russell’s career has hit an exciting new stride. His latest film, Joy, marks his third collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence, and is all but guaranteed to be in the conversation come awards season.
Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, the creator of Ingenious Designs who went on to make $1 billion in sales. Written and directed by O. Russell, the film also stars Robert De Niro, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm and Bradley Cooper. It opens Christmas Day.
Joy is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. 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 of family and enterprise 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.