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Monday, December 21, 2015

Report Card----"Joy"

"Joy" is a most entertaining, wonderful story. It's about Joy, the inventor of the self squeezing mop that we all now have.
And how against all odds, she was able to retain the patents for them.
Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful in it as Joy.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

It is a triumph of perseverance.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

De Niro has a big part, and is great. Isabella Rossellini was a great idea. I'm starting to get what all the shouting is all about with Bradley Cooper. And I long ago predicted that Melissa Rivers future lie in hawking her mother's jewelry on TV and portraying her mother whenever the gig came up. Both came up in "Joy". She did not embarrass herself.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?


How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Boston. Mostly in the nineties. Mostly by the cars. They weren't as good as the cars of the fifties, but you can't have everything.

Is it too long? Too short?

Not any problem.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It's a true story, although I understand that they only took out the boring parts. You love the characters.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I never knew where it was going and I was completely sucked in.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how much I liked it.

Is it funny?

Very. Particularly De Niro, who is a complete hoot.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Ohhh...why not.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A+.

The winners keep comin'.


My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
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I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.




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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."