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December 8, 2015

by Matt Lynch Film

Joy | David O. Russell

December 8, 2015

Joy begins with an on-screen dedication to “daring women” and a scene from a hypothetical cheesy soap opera in which two women argue about the men in their lives, the love that they want, and the power that they deserve. It’s a surreal introduction to another of David O. Russell’s worlds, where outsized, almost folk-ish popular narratives (like those of a faded boxer’s comeback, or a team of con-artists) are populated with seriously neurotic, often very damaged people.…

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