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Ode to Joy (2019)

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How does a man who is-literally-paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy-a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy-Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight-triggering people, places, and events out of his life. Family weddings, cute babies, adorable puppies, and, yes, romance are all fraught with peril in Charlie's carefully managed world. But when the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself at a crossroads: suppress his feelings of attraction, or take a chance and let love in? Based on a true story originally featured on This American Life, Ode to Joy is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

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Morena Baccarin
as Francesca
Jake Lacy
as Cooper
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Instead of being a song to lift the heart, Ode to Joy is a discordant, off-key tune that lasts too long.

August 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A plainly affable romantic comedy that's not too powerful with its romance, and certainly not its comedy.

August 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Humorless to a paralyzing extent, this joyless effort illustrates how a bad-on-paper idea can turn into something cringe-inducing onscreen.

August 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The movie was inspired by a real person but nearly everything that happens here plays as phony.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Ode to Joy fails to live up to its title by attempting to wring comic mileage from a medical condition that sufferers probably don't find very funny.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Freeman, never the most animated of performers, gives his specific brand of passive British miserabilism free rein. But it's Melissa Rauch, as Charlie's safely dull, place-holder girlfriend, who steals the show.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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