Adele Lim, from the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” screenwriting teams, makes her directorial debut in the new comedy “Joy Ride.”
The film focuses on four Asian-American friends who travel to China for their grand adventure. Along the way, one friend, adopted as a child by a white family in the U.S.A., searches for her birth mother as they travel.
Incredible situations face the four friends thanks to comedy writers Teresa Hsiao and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong of “Family Guy” fame. While viewers may catch glimpses of popular comedies like “The Hangover” and “Girls Trip,” “Joy Ride” takes the funnies up a level, says “The Hollywood Reporter” in its review.
Not only is the film a “raunchy, rowdy comedy with genuine heart,” the film “sets out to prove (or re-prove) that populations still marginalized by Hollywood (women, people of color, queer folks) can be just as unapologetically brash, bold and rowdy,” according to THR.
A special bonus for audiences is watching actress Stephanie Hsu after her Oscar-nominated performance in the Academy Award-winning “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
“Joy Ride” premiered at South By Southwest. In April, the cast will receive the CinemaCon Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award during the Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S.A.
The comedy hits theaters in July. Check out the trailer below.