Jennifer Lawrence is taking some undeserved heat for being chosen to play the role of someone at least ten years older than herself in the new moviejoy Joy. Based on the true story of Joy Mangano who invented and marketed the Miracle Mop on QVC, the movie tells the story of a divorced mother of two who manages to plough through the challenges of business sharks and a family dynamic worthy of  its own soap opera to build her brand into a success story. I do agree that the fresh-faced Lawrence does seem a bit young to play the harried real-life woman on whom the story is based, but she does it beautifully. In fact, she reminded me of an early Renee Zellweger before she replaced the original lovely face genetically bequeathed to her by her parents with a Hollywood-ized version that resembles every other starlet who walked out of a plastic surgeon’s office. But that’s another blog story.

I went to see Joy with two girlfriends and although the movie was a bit slow in spots at the beginning, we enjoyed the entire two hours, except for the popcorn being a bit too salty. On the issue of ageism in the movies I must confess I’m guilty of employing a bit of a double standard. I find the continual romantic pairing of older men with women/girls half their age to be annoying and somewhat disgusting. On the other hand, when an older woman is paired with a younger man I want to shout, “You go girl”. I feel justified through a weird sense of payback.

Who can figure out the rationale behind Hollywood casting? Usually younger women win out, sometimes at the expense of the integrity of the movie. What on earth were they thinking when they cast Sally Field as Tom Hanks’ mother with a bad wig in Forrest Gump or Susan Sarandon as Melissa McCarthy’s grandmother in Tammy? But I loved Jennifer Lawrence’s response to the criticism of her casting in Joy? She said that she’s negotiating with David O. Russell to play Robert de Niro’s mother in his next movie.

With a cast that includes Bradley Cooper (those eyes are worth the price of admission alone), Robert de Niro, Isabella Rossellini (who is wearing her age naturally) and Diane Ladd, it’s a lesson in how becoming a commercial success does not happen overnight; it’s not easy; it involves a lot of stress and hard work, and everyone’s family dynamic is complicated. But it has a happy ending. I recommend going to see Joy.

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. If after the holiday season, and maybe too much ‘family’ time, you are feeling your family may be a little dysfunctional, I recommend you see this movie…..the family dynamics are over the top and will make your family look like The Nielson Family or Father Knows Best from the fifties. I thought Mellissa Rivers did a great job portraying her mother in the movie……I never noticed the resemblance until she put on that blonde wig.

    1. You’re right. Her family sure makes us want to count our blessings. And Melissa Rivers was great too. Thanks for your comments.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link:  or

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