Main Plot Points:
- When a struggling writer, Kyle, falls on hard times, he finds himself back at his quirky parents’ home with his tail between his legs. As his life slowly begins to show signs of improvement, he meets a spunky and intriguing woman, Joy, across the street. Her bright outlook and bohemian beauty make him feel truly alive for the first time. But it’s short-lived when Joy asks him to write her obituary after she’s been told she’s going to die.
- As he gets to know her further, Kyle falls in love and grows increasingly skeptical about her prognosis. With the help of his wacky family, Kyle pushes fate and hopes to convince Joy that she should spend the many or few years ahead of her, with him.
What We Thought:
- Finding Joy could have been a really good dark comedy, but doesn’t quite get dark enough.
- Kyle loses everything, moves back home and meets his neighbor Joy who believes she is dying. She wants him to write her obituary before she dies, but first he has to get to know her.
- That has all the potential to be a super dark comedy. Plus it has Barry Freaking Bostwick in it who is great in dark comedies like FDR: American Badass and Some Guy Who Kills People. He’s great in this as a rap loving, sex loving, older guy who’s afraid to leave his house.
- Unfortunately it just doesn’t get there. It’s too much of a rom-com or light comedy despite the storyline. You can kind of tell where the film is heading. Sure there’s a slight twist with the female character, but overall it’s pretty standard.
- I don’t know what it could have done to be darker, but it needed it. The supporting characters were good with a cross dressing character, a daughter being a typical teen type and Bostwick with his new love interest.
- Finding Joy is ok. It’s not great, but it’s far from bad. It had potential to be really good, but isn’t. I’ve seen far worse this year, but have also seen better.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Josh Cooke
- Liane Balaban
- Barry Bostwick
Recommended if You Like:
- You Might As Well Live
- Dark Comedies