Lionsgate has released the official trailer for the new movie Joy Ride. A raunchy comedy that’s unapologetically R-rated, the film is due to hit theaters on July 7th, though it’s first holding its World Premiere screening at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas this weekend. Following four friends whose business trip to Asia goes sideways, you can get a sneak peek at the film by watching that new trailer below.
Joy Ride marks the feature directorial debut for Adele Lim, and the screenplay comes from Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family Guy) and Teresa Hsiao (Awkawfina Is Nora from Queens). All three serve as producers on the film with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Josh Fagen.
Joy Ride stars Ashley Park (Emily in Paris), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble), Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once), and Sabrina Wu. The official synopsis for Joy Ride is as follows:
The hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of identity and self-discovery centers on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure. When Audrey’s (Park) business trip to Asia goes sideways, she enlists the aid of Lolo (Cola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Kat (Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star; and Deadeye (Wu), Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
Joy Ride Comes Into SXSW With Hype
“I can’t wait for the SXSW audience to get to see Joy Ride,” producer Seth Rogen said of the film ahead of its World Premiere. “It’s hilarious and original, and it’s always thrilling to get to go back to Austin with a great comedy. It’s the only festival to really put comedy films in as prominent a position as other genres and I’m grateful for that.”
Star Ashley Park has also teased that the movie pushes the envelope in terms of its comedy while having the added benefit of Asian representation, making this project especially special for her.
“This film wildly pushes the limits of comedy, while giving heart and voice and dimension to people who have never had a meaningful part in this genre on screen,” Park told Entertainment Weekly. “I just can’t wait for people to have the best time watching it.”
She continued, “I got to be a full person at all times, on and off the screen. I was surrounded by and collaborating with people who understood me, saw me, pushed me, and believed in me — those who looked like me and had an understanding of all the intricacies of my life that led up to telling Audrey’s story in Joy Ride. It changed how I saw myself and the world.”
Joy Ride will cruise into theaters this summer on July 7, 2023, after screening for audiences at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
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( With inputs from movieweb )