TYCOON: Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the movie Joy.
TYCOON: Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the movie Joy. Merie Weismiller Wallace

Joy: Mopping up threads of a family dynasty


Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Director: David O. Russell

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 4/5

HAVE you ever wondered who invented the home appliances that you use every day?

The toaster you use every morning, the remote control technology that keeps your home cool in summer, or even the mop you use to keep your kitchen clean?

Joy is the wild 'true' story of Joy Mangano and her Italian-American family across four generations, centred on 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 - all those elements pave the road in this intense, emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of a 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.

Annie Mumolo's original script featuring the story of the Miracle Mop was based upon the real Joy Mangano, the inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers.

Mangano 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.

He changed it so much that only the basic plot outline still resembles Mangano's story (from working mother to business woman).

This is not a biographical movie about Mangano, but it is still a great film about family, loyalty and love.