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Movie Review by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

Joy Ride

Lionsgate and Point Grey Pictures present a 95-minute, Comedy, directed by Adele Lim, written by Lim, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao with a theater release date of July 7, 2023.

Audrey (Ashley Park) and Lolo (Sherry Cola) grew up together basically the only Chinese girls in the neighborhood. Lolo’s parent owned a local Chinese restaurant and Audrey’s adoptive white parents Joe Sullivan (David Denman) and his wife Mary (Annie Mumolo) watched their little girl grow up to be a lawyer. The girls loved each other but grew up very different when it came to drive and incentive. Audrey’s boss at the firm asked her to fly to China to meet with a potential new client, of which she did but not alone, she traveled with Lolo and her friend Deadeye (Sabrina Wu) who has many other friends but they are all online. Once in Beijing, the three girls meet up with a mutual old friend, Kat (Stephanie Hsu) a Chinese soap star who happens to be engaged to her very religious fiancé Clarence (Desmond Chiam).

Most road trips don’t go as planned and for these four women it is filled with many trials and tribulations. They not only experience massive drinks, drugs and sex but within all of these very graphic moments they decide to find Audrey’s birth mother. Their journey is epic and downright hysterical to the audience laughing out loud but for the girls it was also a journey on the path to truth. Sometimes the truth is good and sometimes it is not what you ever expected to hear but either way the girls adventure was that of a lifetime, friendship and discovery all surrounded by one hell of a road trip. As for one of the girls, let’s just say the devil made her do it and for another break out the tissues. No animals were harmed in this story except for one chicken and also a bunch of rotten eggs.

I loved this movie it is hysterical from the first word by the brilliant director, action. I’m not sure what the rating is on this film yet but it should be above an R. There is a lot of four-letter words, nudity, group sex and tales of the good, the bad and the ugly so to speak. A little K Pop mixed in along with some great music that compliment all that is going on here. Even though there are some cliché moments the writers do a great job of adding in a good amount of originality. There is not a moment in this comedy that you won’t be smiling, laughing or amazed at what is happening on the big screen. As for all four actress’s they are all brilliant with Park leading the way. But ladies it’s not just all women get ready for an eye full of some very hot Chinese men. “Joy Ride” is surely worth the trip to a theater near you especially with a group of friends or maybe your bestie.

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