Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Joy (2015)

Director: David O. Russell. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini. 124 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy/Drama.

I've always given David O. Russell good reviews. But suddenly, American Hustle tipped me off: is he just using great actors to boost his mediocre acts? Joy is the embodiment of that discovery. Based on his own terrible, disjointed script, containing numerous inconsequential scenes and characters, tiresome patent and finance techno-babble, and turning a woman's struggle to make it big in the business world into a comedy (I seriously did not see the humor), we're only left with great performances by Lawrence and Cooper, and embarrassments for DeNiro and Rossellini's career profile. David Russell, your honeymoon is over.

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