For a long time, people have battled for better Asian casting in Hollywood, but only in the last few years have signs emerged of a possible shift in the tide. In 2018, Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians were released to widespread critical acclaim, and in 2020, Bong Joon-Parasite Ho became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Even though co-star Jamie Lee Curtis took home the statuette, all of Hollywood was watching to see what she would do next. Hsu’s new fans have every reason to be excited about the comedy film Joy Ride, in which she will soon appear.
Now that the trailer has been released, let’s take a look at all we know about Joy Ride.
Joy Ride (2023) Release Date Confirmed Now: The Wait is Over
The wait for Joy Ride hasn’t been too long, as word of the movie has been circulating since at least the middle of 2021. The title was announced by Lionsgate in February 2023, and fans have been patiently awaiting news of a release date ever since.
The release date for Joy Ride in theatres across the United States has been set for July 7, 2023. If you’re a fan of the film and want to watch it as soon as possible, you might want to plan a vacation to the UK, where it will be released on June 23, 2023. The film premiered on March 17, 2023, at SXSW for those who were able to attend.
Who Are the Cast Members of Joy Ride?
The success of a comedy hinges on the chemistry between the members of the cast. The casting staff of Joy Ride must have made excellent choices given the current wave of Asian-American star power.
Their casting choices, including Stephanie Hsu as Kat, Ashley Park as Audrey, Sherry Cola as Lolo, Debbie Fan as Jenny, Desmond Chiam as Clarence, Alexander Hodge as Todd, and David Denman and Annie Mumolo as Audrey’s adoptive parents, look spot on. Besides Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), Ronny Chieng (M3GAN), and Lori Tan Chinn (Orange is the New Black) will also star in the film in as-yet-unnamed roles.
Even if you ignore the story summary, cast, and trailer, you can tell that Joy Ride is going to be one of the best comedies of 2023 just based on this cast.
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Unraveling the Mystery of Joy Ride’s Plot: Here’s What We Know
Funny scenes and memorable lines from the actors typically overshadow the plot in comedies of this type. The plot, though, is what holds a film together, and many of the best comedies of the modern era are narrative-driven. As such, let us now consider the Joy Ride synopsis:
“The hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure. When Audrey’s business trip to Asia goes sideways, she enlists the aid of Lolo, her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Kat, her college friend turned Chinese soap star; and Deadeye, Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.”
The possible insanity in which these characters could find themselves is enough to make anyone eagerly anticipate the film’s arrival. Even said, the summary above hints at the film’s potential focus on weightier subjects like “identity” and “self-discovery,” suggesting that these topics will be explored at greater length.
Is a Trailer Available for Joy Ride?
To reiterate, the previously reported red-band trailer for Joy Ride may be seen down below. Please be advised that this trailer contains material that is not suitable for work.
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Is the Movie Joy Ride Playing in Theaters at the Moment?
Major streaming services like Netflix appear to be the entry point for many contemporary comedies. Joy Ride, on the other hand, is following a more traditional approach by only being shown in theatres. Even if it doesn’t make it to a major streaming service or DVD once its theatrical run is done, you can be sure it will eventually get there.
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