JOY is the wild true story of Joy Mangano and her Italian-American family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty by inventing the Miracle Mop 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. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.
Errors in Geography QVC is said to be in Lancaster, PA, and Amish buggy drivers are shown on a winding back road. It is actually located in suburban West Chester.
Miscellaneous The yacht featured in the film (a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey DS) is incongruously modern - it did not enter production until the late 2000s or later, depending on the exact model.
Miscellaneous When in the Dallas hotel, there is a Santander Bank in the background. Santander only started branding its banks with that name in 2013. Also, its banks are in the Northeast, not in Texas.
Continuity When Robert DeNiro first enters, he is wearing Ray Ban sunglasses. Soon thereafter, the camera shoots from behind him, and he is wearing glasses with clear lenses. Seconds later, we see him again wearing the Ray Bans.
Factual Mistake Joy says she make a phone call to Hong Kong at 3am in Long Angeles, while it was 3pm in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time
Miscellaneous The cab that pulls up during the funeral has a phone number with a 631 area code. The 631 area code was not used until 1999
Working title was "Kay's Baptism".
David O. Russell's second film not to receive an R-rating (after Accidental Love (2015)), which he disowned after creative and financial disagreements).
When Joy is getting ready at the QVC studios, you can see Lori Greiner getting her makeup done. She is considered the Queen of QVC.
Virginia Madsen's offbeat character, Terry, was not inspired by the mother of the real Joy Mangano. She is instead a composite of several people in Mangano's life.
Joy's ex-husband, Tony Miranne (portrayed by Édgar Ramírez), was a fellow business student and former classmate at Pace University, not a Venezuelan singer
First film produced by Annapurna Pictures to receive a PG-13 rating, and 12A in the UK
The infamous red wine brought onto the boat and inspiration for the creation of the Miracle Mop, appears to be the 1975 Mouton Rothshield "Andy Warhol", (at least in the film). This wine goes for around $400 a bottle in 2015.
Joy's half-sister Peggy is entirely fictional and was created by writer/director David O. Russell
Filming took place in Boston, Massachusetts. Haverhill, Massachusetts was also used for filming. In July 2015, downtown Haverhill was transformed into 1980's Dallas. The Dallas Music Center from the movie was the former home of the Haverhill Music Center. David O. Russell's previous film, American Hustle, was filmed in various locations around the state notably Worcester.
Diane Ladd was decided to be the narrator of the story after she had already filmed all her scenes.
The real Mangano graduated with a degree in business administration from Pace University in 1978. After college, however, she did work in the reservations department of an airline, and prior to that, she worked as a waitress.
As shown in the movie, Mangano did sell over 18,000 mops during her first hour-long appearance on QVC, proving that she could connect with an audience.
Annie Mumolo's original script featuring the story of the Miracle Mop was based upon a real person: Joy Mangano, an Italian-American inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers. She is the President of Ingenious Designs, and appears regularly on US television shopping channel HSN. A graduate of Pace University, Mangano holds more than 100 patents for her inventions. When David O. Russell came onto the project, he added many more supporting characters and interwove Mangano's original biography with stories of other women daring to change their lives so much that only the basic plot outline still resembles Mangano's story (from working mother to business woman). Therefore, despite earlier reports about the film, this is not a biographical film about Mangano. Furthermore, Russell even admitted he was in no hurry to meet Mangano in real-life during the filming process, because he wanted to make the movie his own way, only speaking to her on the phone. Also, Joy's last name in the film is never given and movie Joy is not from Mangano's native Smithtown, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York.
The working title for this film was "Kay's Baptism"
Russell admitted that he was in no hurry to meet Mangano in real-life during the filming process, because he wanted to make the movie his own way, only speaking to her on the phone
Joy's last name in the film is never given and movie Joy is not from Mangano's native Smithtown, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York
When David O. Russell came onto the project, he added many more supporting characters and interwove Mangano's original biography with stories of other women daring to change their lives so much that only the basic plot outline still resembles Mangano's story
Annie Mumolo's original script featuring the story of the Miracle Mop was based upon a real person: Joy Mangano, an Italian-American inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers
Elisabeth Röhm was cast as Jennifer Lawrence's sister, making this the second collaboration between her, Jennifer, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro under David O. Russell's direction.
Marks the 4th film Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro have starred in together. Previously, they collaborated on "Limitless" (2011), "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), and "American Hustle" (2013).
Some scenes were shot in Haverhill, MA.
Joy Mangano first developed the Miracle Mop in 1990, the same year actress Jennifer Lawrence was born.
The fourth collaboration between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. They previously starred together in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), and Serena (2014).
This is the third time Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence appeared in a film together. The first time was in "Silver Linings Playbook" and the second was in "American Hustle." Both directed by David O. Russell.
Under David O. Russell's direction, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence have all been nominated for Academy Awards. Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook.
This is Jennifer Lawrence third film collaboration with David O. Russell. They previously worked together on Silver Linings Playbook (2012) & American Hustle (2013).
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