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Joy | 2015 | PG-13 | - 2.3.5

Based on the true story of a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who had been very good at creating useful things since she was very young. Eventually she decided to go all in with her latest invention when the shopping network QVC was becoming popular on cable TV. Also with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini. Directed by David O. Russell. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man uses a dating service and calls a woman on the phone; they flirt and make arrangements to meet. A woman talks about falling in love with her now ex-husband and we see a flashback to her asking about him at a party and they flirt. Men and women dance at a party.
 Women on a TV soap opera wear dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Police threaten a woman in a parking lot for demonstrating and selling a mop; she argues with them and they arrest her and take her away leaving her young daughter behind.
 A woman confronts two men about their pricing policies; the men are threatening to her and she sneaks into their factory where she discovers they are trying to undermine her and she is caught, yells at the men and they call the police who come to arrest her. A man and a woman argue and throw things on the floor breaking them. A woman remembers her parents separating and ultimately divorcing; she remembers them fighting and one of her special creations got destroyed. A father tells his adult daughter on her wedding day that she should not marry a man. A woman yells and cries and throws business papers on the floor. A woman points her finger at and speaks sternly to a man. Someone says, "You touch it, I'll kill you." A man says of a married couple, "I give them a 50/50 chance." A man makes disparaging comments to and about his daughter in several scenes.
 A woman lies motionless in her bed and another woman cries over her; we then see people grieving at a graveside funeral. A woman cleans up a broken glass and wine from the deck of a boat and cuts her hands with the shards of glass (we see blood on her hands). A man is shown with a bloody bandage on his head. Several men in an open lot next to a factory take target practice in a couple of scenes. A woman fires a shotgun in an open lot several times. A woman imagines being chloroformed. A woman's ex-husband lives in her basement.
 A woman cleans up yogurt spilled on the floor and complains about the smell and says that it is starting to mold.

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LANGUAGE 5 - About 1 F-word, 1 anatomical term, name-calling (silly girl, crazy person, creature from the black lagoon, fatally flawed), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh For Heaven's Sake, God Speed).

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink champagne at a wedding reception, a woman says that she needs more vodka and we see her drinking, a woman is shown drinking alcohol in several scenes, and people drink wine on a boat and one person drops a glass.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Failure, family, divorce, weakness, strength, creating things, shopping networks, death of a loved one, traditional women's roles, estranged families, disappointment, humiliation, costs of manufacturing, negotiating terms, sibling rivalry, financial worthiness, fraud, embezzlement, competition, greed, ambition, unfair business practices.
MESSAGE - Hope springs eternal. Don't let the practical get you down.
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