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Joy is a film about two sisters facing the abrupt passing of their sister

by Erik Sean McGiven on Oct 29, 2009

Joy is a film about two sisters facing the abrupt passing of their sister Joy and their discovery of genuine happiness and their need for each other.  This should have been great source material for an inspiring story with memorable characters going on an enlightening journey.  Unfortunately this film plays largely on the surface and we seldom feel the dynamics of the three sister's relationship.  Rather than relevant traits the filmmakers rely on character quirks that only distract from the story.  For instance, Julie Marie Hassett's character uses a bullhorn and is anal retentive when it comes to pastry cooking.  Jennifer Grace Cook's character lives in a loveless marriage with a man who can't stop spouting off about his immense knowledge of fruits and vegetables.  Sarah Hassett Jones plays the title role and is obsessed about being a mother.   She's the normal one.

The weakness in this film is that the story seldom addresses the relationship between the sisters and the problems in their lives.  Instead it goes off on little vignette tangents that have little to do with the main theme.  The sisters seldom connect with one another.  In addition, the use of the mega-store location allows too much space and too many distractions for such an intimate story.  It could have been better told in the confines of a house where emotions, wants and relationships can be unveiled with much more clarity and focus.   If the writing had constructed more believable characters confronting their problems rather than avoiding them, than this could have been a joyful movie-going experience.  As is, it is barely watch-able.

Production credits are marginal with poor lighting and indifferent camera work.  Music is wall to wall, mainly piano, and does little to foreshadow or lead us through this murky, meandering film.   

CREDITS:  "Joy" stars Julie Marie Hasset, Sarah Hasset Jones, Jennifer Grace Cook Evan Boymel, Vince Jolivet, and Ann Randolph; Edited by Brandon Kraemer & Andrew Money; Director of Photography -- Shawn Baird; Written by Julie Marie Hasset; Directed by Julie Marie Hassett & Andrew Money.  A Red Love Film Presentation in Association with Seven/Seventy-Nine, Ltd./House of Grace; Running Time: 90 Minutes

 

 

 

 

  March 20, 2019

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