Posted by: greercn | January 5, 2016


Jennifer Lawrence has undoubted charm and charisma. As Joy Mangano, Jen leads a cast of amazing women as she overcomes obstacles and starts a successful business.

That’s about it. I may be the only person in the whole world ever who never bought a product from a TV shopping channel and never heard of the Miracle Mop.

With Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Virginia Madsen and Elisabeth Rohm, there is a super family on display here who may all be crazy. However, they are loving people.

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper are also here and Brad and Jen have unbeatable screen chemistry. Their scenes together fizz with energy and warmth.

The soundtrack is great fun. David O. Russell directs and there are lots of laughs in the script. It moves along its two hours plus at quite a snappy pace.

I am certain that Joy Mangano, like Jen, is a marvellous person. But I just don’t get why this story matters, at all.

The invention of lots of useful gadgets that improve household management is a great achievement.

But I never really cared that much about what happened next. Joy’s relationship with ex-husband Tony, played with great flair by Edgar Ramirez, is a terrific example of how to co-parent and support others.

Everyone at Stratford East Picturehouse liked it. But I couldn’t find anything here that I loved or that stays in my mind after I left the cinema.



  1. I agree. An enjoyable (oops, unintended pun) film about a trivial subject. And no, you are not the only person who has never bought from a TV shopping channel or (until now) heard of the Miracle Mop.

    • It’s good to be in Very Intelligent company. Are our lives poorer for the lack of Miracle Mops? Thank you for the comment.

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