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Joy Ride

Directed by Adele Lim
Produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, Adele Lim, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Josh Fagen, and Teresa Hsiao
Screenplay by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao Story by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Teresa Hsiao, and Adele Lim
With: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, Ronny Chieng, Meredith Hagner, Timothy Simons, David Denman, Annie Mumolo Desmond Chiam, Baron Davis, Lori Tan Chinn, Alexander Hodge, Chris Pang, and Daniel Dae Kim
Cinematography: Paul Yee
Editing: Nena Erb
Music: Nathan Matthew David
Runtime: 95 min
Release Date: 07 July 2023
Color: Color
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The directorial debut of Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim is an attempt at the kind of over-the-top raunch-com that pivots to sentimental friendship-cinema which rarely works because neither extreme feels authentically arrived at. Still, the cast is great, and the screenplay, sloppy and contrived as it is, touches on many themes rarely covered in mainstream cinema. Too bad movies like this seem required to fit within standard formulas that neuter their transgressive spirit.