In January 2014, it was announced that David O. Russell's upcoming project would entail rewriting and directing a drama film about American inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano. The original script was written by Annie Mumolo. Mumolo's original script featured the story of the Miracle Mop and Mangano. It would have served as a more accurate and faithful interpretation of her life. However when Russell came onto the project, he added much more supporting characters and interwove Mangano's original biography with stories of other women daring to change their lives so much that only the basic plot outline still resembles Mangano's story (from working mother to business woman). Therefore, despite earlier reports about the film, this is not a biographical film about Mangano. Furthermore, Russell even admitted he was in no hurry to meet Mangano in real-life during the filming process, because he wanted to make the movie his own way, only speaking to her on the phone. Also, Joy's last name in the film is never given, the Miracle Mop remains unnamed in the film and movie Joy is not from Mangano's native Smithtown, on the North Shore of Long Island, New York.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Joy, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Elisabeth Röhm. The cast gave terrific performances, especially to Lawrence. But the cast, and their counterparts, can talk all they want, but nothing the characters say alters the simplistic melodramatic mechanism.
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