If you miss the days when comedies weren’t afraid to dish out an outrageous serving of full-frontal nudity, hard drug use, unbridled horniness and delightfully gruesome potty humor, boy do I have the movie for you. Helmed by Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim in her feature directorial debut, Joy Ride is fearlessly scandalous. To give you a taste, this film features a character shoving a staggering quantity of cocaine up her private parts, a shockingly explicit genitalia POV shot (watch your back, Gaspar Noé) and, believe me when I say this, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Joy Ride follows Audrey (Ashley Park), an ambitious lawyer who travels to China to close a big business deal. She brings along her childhood best friend, Lolo (Sherry Cola), a stoner who creates sex-positive art, like a miniature playground where everything is made of plastic genitals. While Audrey is laser-focused on sealing the deal and making partner, Lolo has a different idea for the girls trip: Help Audrey locate her birth mom. When the latter finally agrees, the two join forces with Lolo’s K-Pop-obsessed cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu) and Audrey’s lovably insufferable college roommate Kat (Stephanie Hsu). With its team assembled, Joy Ride descends into a fearless and unpredictable romp packed to the brim with absurd and unapologetically raunchy humor.
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