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Jennifer Lawrence Tough as Nails and So Vulnerable in New ‘Joy’ Trailer

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Jennifer Lawrence shows her emotional range in a new trailer for her upcoming movie Joy. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Jennifer Lawrence shows her emotional range in a new trailer for her upcoming movie Joy. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Jennifer Lawrence battles her dysfunctional family to make a place in the world “that owes you nothing” in a new trailer for her upcoming movie “Joy.” She’s equal parts tough as nails and uniquely vulnerable in another meaty role.

Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, who is best known for inventing the “Miracle Mop,” a household product designed with the harried housewife in mind.

And that’s just what Joy is. She’s a struggling single mom with three children, a doubting father, who never lets her know what a failure she is and a pushy mother.

The biographical comedy-drama gives Lawrence plenty to work with and she performs her usual magic with Director David O. Russell’s script.

You may recall, they teamed up before on “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” Lawrence scored an Oscar for “Silver Linings.”

The powerhouse cast includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco.

Judging by the clip, De Niro gives one of his best performances in years, and Cooper is effervescent in his scenes.

The film takes place across four generations. Joy grows up in a well-to-do family, but bounced around after graduating from college. She juggled jobs as a waitress and airline reservation manager while raising her kids. But she was determined to do better.

As a child, she had a penchant for invention, and developed the miracle mop in her garage. She capitalized on the growing popularity of the QVC shopping channel and scored explosive success with her mop after she was allowed on air to sell it herself.

The mop became the basis for her own company and the movie focuses on the hard lessons she learned along the way, not only with her family, but in the cut-throat consumer products market.

The ultimately uplifting tale hits theaters on Christmas day. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts. Be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie news.

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