I haven't seen this movie yet, but I've seen lots of clips from it and know what it's about. I love movies about women entrepeneurs. So I've decided to use this topic for this month's Cimilar Cinema. I've added three examples below that you should see if you want to be inspired to make millions as Joy did, selling mops!
From 1987 we watch Diane Keaton in Baby Boom go from an executive to a very successful self employed business woman. Her great idea strikes in the midst of a challenge. Career-driven Diane Keaton is a new mom. It's not really her baby, but that's beside the point. She quits her demanding job to focus on the baby and in the midst of a breakdown, she discovers an unserved market with a huge demand in natural baby food. The lesson is - opportunities are everywhere — if you’re paying attention!
In 1988 Melanie Griffith shows us how to get to the top in the financial world in Working Girl. This film directed by the late Mike Nichols tells the story of a Staten Island secretary working in the mergers and acquisition department of a Wall Street investment bank. When her boss, played by Sigourney Weaver breaks her leg skiing, Tess uses her absence and connections, including her beau (Harrison Ford) to put forward her own idea for a merger deal.
How about Mildred Pierce? It's a classic film from 1947 starring Joan Crawford who wants to succeed in business and does, but the rest of her life is a mess. In order to please her bad seed-like daughter (played against type by Ann Blythe) Joan starts a chicken restaurant which becomes very successful and makes Joan rich. Unfortunately she has a bad habit of choosing the wrong men and this is ultimately her downfall.
Two other great examples of female entrepeneur films would be Coco Before Chanel and the greatest of all time business women, Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. Do you have a favorite?