Lionsgate has released the official trailer for the new movie Joy Ride. An unapologetically rated smutty comedy, the film is set to hit theaters July 7th, though it will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas this weekend. After four friends whose work trip to Asia goes sideways, you can catch a glimpse of the movie by watching the new trailer below.
Joy Ride It marks the directorial debut of Adele Lim, and the screenplay comes from Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (Family man) and Teresa Hsiao (Okofina is Nora from Queens). The three serve as producers on the film, along with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Josh Fagen.
Joy Ride stars ashley park (Emily in Paris), Cherry Cola (Good problem), Stephanie Hsu (Everything everywhere at once) and Sabrina Wu. The official summary of Joy Ride As follows:
The funny and frank 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 help of Lulu (Cola), her childhood best friend who is also a bit of a mess; Kat (Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star; and Deadeye (Woo), Lulu’s eccentric cousin. Their epic, no-holds-barred experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and brutal debauchery that exposes the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
Joy Ride at SXSW comes with hype
“I can’t wait for the SXSW audience to get to see it Joy Rideproducer Seth Rogen said about the film before its world premiere. “It’s funny and original, and it’s always exciting to come back to Austin with a great comedy. It’s the only festival that really puts comedies as prominent as other genres and I’m grateful for that.”
The Ashley Park star also quipped that the movie “pushes the envelope” in terms of comedy while having the added benefit of Asian casting, making this project particularly special for her.
“This film dramatically pushes the boundaries of comedy, giving the heart, voice, and dimension to people who haven’t had a significant role in the genre on screen,” Park told Entertainment Weekly. “I just can’t wait for people to have the best time watching it.”
She continued, “I have to be a whole person at all times, on and off screen. I was surrounded and collaborated 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 complexities of my life that lead to telling Audrey’s story in Joy Ride. It changed how I saw myself and the world.”
Joy Ride It will hit theaters this summer on July 7, 2023, after showing to audiences at the South by Southwest Film Festival.