Synopsis: Joy has always been fascinated by creating things, This pursuit was always supported emotionally by her maternal grandmother, Mimi. Joy feels that lack of practical support has led to others making fortunes on ideas she came up with years ago but could not act upon manufacturing. Despite being broke, Joy is the person in her extended family to whom everyone has always turned, in the process forgoing her own life, including not having attended college to help see her parents through their divorce. She works in an unsatisfying job as an Eastern Airlines ticket clerk; and lives with her mother Terry who spends all day in bed watching soap operas; her ex-husband Tony, a less than successful aspiring Latino Tom Jones wannabe; and their two children. Added to this mix is her father Rudy, the owner of a failing heavy-duty garage, which is managed by Joy's older half-sister Peggy, with whom she has somewhat of a strained relationship, and for which Joy does the books. Sharon, Rudy's latest gir
Genre: Drama
Director(s): David O. Russell
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 20 nominations.
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124 min

It doesn't make sense, I don't

understand how something

like this happened.

I don't know what

I'm going to do.

This has been my whole life,

and now it's gone

I don't know what

I'm supposed to do.

Pendleton Industries is

all I've ever known,

and now it's all

been taken away.

When someone sees a

weakness in me,

I turn that weakness

into a strength.

Danica, you're so strong.

I don't think I can

do anything like this.

You can imagine

changing your life

by fighting for the

deed to the land, Clarinda.

Which is possible only if

Bartholomew is no longer living.

You will never get the

deed to the land again,

I will never allow it.

Put down that gun,

you silly girl.

Watch your step, Bartholomew,

Ridge is on the way,

and he's still in

love with Clarinda.

And Jared loves me.

Clarinda, it's true.

I'm here for you.

This is the story of Joy,

as told by me,

her grandmother.

Everybody starts with a some

kind of dream of what life will be.

Joy dreams started at this

metal garage her father ran.

My granddaughter had a

best friend, Jackie...

a half-sister, Peggy...

a dog...

a father...

a mother...

who is my daughter...

a grandmother, that's me.

She made many beautiful

things in her world, magic.

Some people love

to make things.

They have the patience and the focus

to figure it out with their hands.

Joy was one of those people

who rejoiced in making things.

And I open the door to

the big green meadow.

And I go into the forest.

And there I conquered

many dangers:

A wolf and other

scary things.

And I started to build

my very own house,

where I would live and make wonderful

creations for all the world,

to see and have.

And maybe for the Prince and Princess who

lived across the forest in a castle.

See? And they were in love.

Maybe they'd invite me over

because of the things that I made.

You need a handsome prince,

that's what you need: a prince.

No, I don't need a prince, this is a

special power, I don't need a prince.

My daughter Terry is separated

and alone in her room

watching soap operas.

You can imagine changing your life

by fighting for the

deed to the land, Clarinda.

- I have something for you.

- Oh, Danica, you're so strong,

I don't think I can ever

do something like this.

I always felt it was

for me to encourage her,

So I said:

You are going to grow up and be

a strong, smart, young woman,

go to school, meet a fine, young man,

have beautiful children of your own,

and you're gonna build wonderful

things that you do in your room.


What happened to

this girl's dreams?

Watch this...


I can't find my lanyard for work,

they're not gonna let me through

airport security without it.

Joy, you can't find your lanyard?

- Can I help you?

- No but I...

Honey, listen,

I know life hasn't gone as we

discussed many times, Sweetheart,

and you don't exactly have

your WHOLE life ahead of you,

but you still have

a good portion of it anyway.

"Hope springs eternal."

- Thanks, Mimi.

- Sure.

Mother, look what I DID find.

What is that?

How can you ask what this is?

It's the dog collar I

invented in high school.

Remember Mitzi choked

a couple of times

and so I invented

the dog collar

with a quick release so

a dog would never choke

and I covered it

with reflective tape...

PLUS, it's a flea collar.

I probably wouldn't be

late to this job I'm going to

if you had gotten me

a patent or a lawyer.

Joy the Doer, Joy the Doer,

you were always doing things, Honey.

How can I be expected

to remember everything?

Now the Hartz Company

has a patent to that collar.

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David O. Russell

David Owen Russell (born August 20, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. His early directing career includes the comedy films Spanking the Monkey (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999) and I ♥ Huckabees (2004). more…

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