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The quirky dramedy Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, is based on the story of Joy Mangano, the matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.  Much of the film was shot in Boston, as it poses as a lot of different cities, at one point being 1970s Texas and another point being 1980s New York. You can see locations from the film on Boston Movie Mile.

Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) is a struggling airline booking agent who eventually invents a self-wringing mop, leading her to executive Neil Walker (Bradley Cooper) who agrees to sell her mops on TV. . She also supports her aging father (Robert De Niro), despite his and her half-sister’s unsuccessful lawsuit for ownership of her company. Jennifer Lawrence received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance. The movie itself was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

Shooting was scheduled to begin in the Boston area in February, but snowstorms delayed the production, several weeks. The film was mostly shot on location in Boston and the surrounding Massachusetts area, as outline with some highlights here:

  • In the beginning of the movie, they show the house where Joy lives with her family, which is located at Federal Street 111, in Wilmington, MA.
  • Joy’s father’s garage is located at Winter Street 78-82, in North Reading, MA.
  • In one scene, Joy is trying to sell her new mop in front of the K-mart located at Boston Street 36-50, in Lynn, MA.
  • Later in the movie, Joy is meeting with Derek Markham in Dallas, at Washington Street 14, in Haverhill, MA.
  • At the end of the movie, Joy is meeting Derek Markham in the Bartlett Hotel, at Exchange Street 20-32, in Lynn, MA.

Want to find out more about Joy and lots of other movies and TV shows filmed on location? Join us on the Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour or Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour!

* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.