Joy (1983)
By: J.R. McNamara on December 16, 2010  | 
Severin (USA) | Region 1, NTSC | 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced) | French DD 2.0 | 109 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Serge Bergon
Starring: Claudia Udy, Gerard Antoine Huart, Agnes Torrent, Elisabeth Mortensen
Screenplay: Serge Bergon, Christian Charrière, Robert Geoffrion, Marie-Françoise Hans
Country: France
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Soft-core porn is the 'mocktail' of cinema. Often pointless, and not worth the money one has to spend on it or the effort of being made. When Doctor Evil talks about Scott Evil in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, he says: 'You're quasi-evil. You're semi-evil. You're the margarine of evil. You're the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough!'. That pretty much sums up my opinion of most soft-core porn too, though obviously you need to transfer the word 'evil' for 'porn' for my analogy to make proper sense.

Of course this is not a rule, the exception being legends like Russ Meyer, whose films are so over the top that you can't help but be head over heels in lust with them.

I went in hoping Joy could be another exception...

This movie is based on the series of semi-autobiographical novels written in the early eighties by Joy Laurey, the first of which was called, of course, Joy. This film is directed and co-written by Italian director Sergio Bergonzelli and is the first of a series of films based around the character, the next one being Joy and Joan, but with the Joy role played by Brigitte Lahaie instead of Claudia Udy, who performs the role in this film.

The back of the DVD packaging would suggest that this film is a 'scorching saga' about a French supermodel , Joy (Claudia Udy) who travels around the world, making love to many and experiencing all types of sexual adventures, all the while yearning for the love of her father, whom she never really knew.

The truth is that this film is about a strumpet with a Daddy complex who boringly fucks her way through a pile of dudes and no doubt gets so many different sexually transmittable diseases that her pap smear would read like the venereal disease version of the table of elements.

I think the only positive thing I could say about this film is that Claudia Udy's body is amazing and her boobs are a sight to behold. They are not the pendulous knockers of Russ Meyer's voluptuaries, but if her nipples were any perkier and erect they could take out your eye at 50 paces! Truly weapons of breast destruction.

No one watches porn for intriguing storylines and amazing special effects: they watch it for the sex, and any story really isn't too important. Take full on penetrative sex and money shots out of that and you are left with a substandard, boring storyline with no payoff. All in all, for a film that is supposed to titillate: mission failed.

I have received more titillation watching sock puppets. Avoid this like shit flavored croissants.
This 1.85:1 widescreen presentation is quite sharp, but is far from perfect with a fine sheen of grain throughout.
The audio is presented in Dolby 2.0 in French, with English subtitles. It is really only a dialogue (and grunts and groans) laden film, so the sound doesn't have to work too hard, and is suitable. What will drive you insane is the absolutely atrocious eighties soundtrack, and for me to say that is something, seeing as how I am the last fan of a-Ha!
Extra Features
There is only one extra on this disc and that is Reflections of Joy – An Interview With Star Claudia Udy, which is interesting but at only 10 minutes long is hardly in depth. She discusses how the key ingredients for the role were the ability to speak French and being comfortable with nudity, and clearly she has no problem with either.
The Verdict
Joy is a boring, dated, over-acted Emmanuelle derivative that will certainly bore the tits off any fans of porn, soft or hard core. Truly, episodes of Sex in the City were saucier! This is one of those cases when the title of a film is clearly a misnomer, cause I got no Joy from this rubbish at all.
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