Joy Ride the Funniest Comedy Movie Review


With film studios increasingly shying away from edgy or debatable comedies, this summer is an unforgettable summer. Hollywood has relied on images such as No Hard Feelings, The Blackening and now Joy Ride. The film is the directorial debut of Adele Lim, having previously worked as a co-writer for Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Joy Ride is the funniest comedy of the year. It’s a knockout from start to finish, with impeccable humor from its charming leading actors. A comedy like this only happens once in a sapphire moon, and if it’s done well, it’ll knock your socks off. It is an epitome of a female friendship movie that deals with hard humor, a la Girls Trip. People from all walks of life will find it hysterical, but the hardest hit is people who understand the cultural background.

Each character feels perfectly different from the others. The protagonist Audrey Sullivan (Ashley Park) was adopted as a baby by a white couple and cannot speak Mandarin. Many second-generation Americans may find Audrey relatable, but she has many qualities that make her a charming leading lady. Her childhood best friend is Lolo (Sherry Cola), a coitus-positive artist who takes her cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu) with her. They meet up with Kat (Stephanie Hsu), a Chinese actress, and with that we have our ensemble.

The chemistry here is electric. You believe Audrey’s strong individual friendships with Lolo and Kat. But when they meet, Lolo and Kat have a tense, hilarious rivalry. At first, Audrey is uncomfortable with the eccentric dead Eye. While Deadeye could have been the annoying character, she could quickly become a fan favorite due to Wu’s excellent portrayal. Park brings a lot of humor and drama to Audrey. Cola could produce the most laughs of all the characters in the movie. Hsu, who recently received an Oscar nomination for Everything Everywhere at Once, is as wonderful as you would expect as Kat.

Everyone in the movie feels like a person you know and would go out for a drink with. This is partly due to the excellent script of two Family Guy writers: Teresa Hsiao and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, whose name Peter Griffin was once mentioned in “Chemotherapy Vanguard vCr.” As two Asian writers, they add a certain level of authenticity to the hilarity on the page. Happy cats, for example, become licking cats. A lot of humor is derived from coitus, medicine and their commitment to hilarity and ridiculousness.

Lim masters the chaotic merriment like a professional. The comedic set pieces are pure gold and will make you howl with laughter. There was a moment that made me scream purely from the surprise factor. Although the film undermines many of its more serious moments with jokes, it delivers a lot of emotion in the third act. Joy Ride is a future classic comedy like The Hangover with one of the best comedic ensembles since Bridesmaids. Get your friends together and go to the film for a guaranteed great time.

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