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Starring: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, Ronny Chieng, Lori Tan Chinn, David Denman, Annie Mumolo, Desmond Chiam, Alexander Hodge, Chris Pang
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Comedy directed by Adele Lim. Joy Ride (2023) follows four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip to Aisa. When Audrey (Ashley Park) decides to go to Aisa to find her birth mother, she enlists the aid of Lolo (Sherry Cola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess, Kat (Stephanie Hsu), her college friend turned Chinese soap star, and Deadeye (Sabrina 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.
Joe Sullivan: You guys must be new to town, right?
Jenny Chen: New to town, but not new to the country. We just moved from California. We speak English.
Mary Sullivan: Oh, that’s wonderful! So do we!
Boy: Slide’s off limits to Ching-Chongs.
Young Lolo: F*** you!
Young Audrey: [as Lolo punches the boy in the face] Do you want to be best friends?
Frank: Kicked my a** again, Sullivan. That’s pretty good for a…
Frank: No, I was going to say “associate”.
Frank: Wait. Can we say “Asian” anymore, or is that offensive?
Kevin: We can’t say anything anymore.
Frank: You’re goddamn right, Kevin! So shut the f*** up! I’m an ally. I shop at 99 Ranch Market. Some of us are doing the work.
Audrey: Yes. I really appreciated that Mulan-themed office birthday party.
Frank: You’re welcome.
Frank: [to Audrey] Oh, you’re going to love LA. I mean, there’s a Chinatown, a Thai Town, a Koreatown. I mean, it’s basically Asia.
Lolo: [in Mandarin] I want to take my mouth and wrap it around your balls and gargle them like Chubby Bunny.
Audrey: You do understand it’s really important for me to be professional the entire time.
Lolo: Of course. Audrey, I got you. Look at me.
Audrey: You’re thinking about a d**k.
Lolo: Dammit. You’re right.
Lolo: That’s what my art is all about. Inspiring chaos.
Lolo: You’re basically white.
Audrey: That’s not true.
Lolo: You have a throw pillow that says, “Wine o’clock.”
Audrey: Rose all day.
Lolo: You own a picnic basket.
Audrey: They’re very useful.
Lolo: Name every character on Succession.
Audrey: Logan, Kendall, Shiv, Roman… Oh, you got me.
Lolo: Deadeye’s coming.
Audrey: Deadeye, your cousin?
Lolo: She’s visiting friends. And her parents, you know, just didn’t want her to fly alone, so I’m chaperoning.
Audrey: A chaperone? For a grown woman?
Deadeye: @Jinderalla88, @JHopesGirl, @SugaIsMyDaddy.
Audrey: Oh, online people?
Deadeye: Yeah, they’re my best friends. I went to @Jinderalla88’s wedding on Zoom. He married a pillow.
Audrey: I don’t think I’ve ever been around only Asian people. I mean, we look like everyone else for once. I think we blend right in.
Lolo: Yeah. But people here can tell Chinese Chinese from American Chinese.
Audrey: What do you mean?
Lolo: [points to the different people they’re passing] Hong Kong Chinese. Bluetooth. Shanghai Chinese. Bougie. Ooh. Taiwanese. Weird, but cute.
Audrey: What kind of Chinese are they?
Lolo: What the f*** is wrong with you? Are you trying to get canceled? Those are Koreans!
Deadeye: That’s Howdy Fun. It’s a K-Pop group!
Lolo: Yeah. They all have the same face. That’s how you can tell.
Audrey: [referring to Kat] You know, you both actually have a lot in common. I mean, You’re both very sexually…
Audrey: Yeah. She blew Nick and Joe Jonas.
Lolo: Not Kevin? Not impressed.
'If you do not know where you come from, how do you know who you are?' - Chao (Joy Ride) Click To Tweet
Lolo: Let’s go see this trash bag kitty cat pu**y tat b**ch.
Kat: [to Lolo] Oh, it’s so nice to see you. I hear that you’re living in Audrey’s garage and drawing p**ises now?
Audrey: So, when do we get to meet your fiance?
Kat: Oh. You just saw him. He’s the leading man.
Lolo: Wait. The human Mushu?
Lolo: [referring to Kat and Clarence] Wait. You two have never had sex.
Kat: Our connection is based on spiritual, not physical intimacy.
Lolo: Did you have a spiritual connection when the Jonas Brothers were Eiffel Towering you?
Clarence: Oh, my God. That’s so funny. I love Paris.
Kat: You know, I used to be like you in college, but guess I just grew out of it.
Lolo: Really? Oh, because you seem kind of tense from all the no-boning. You sure you’re good? You sure you don’t miss it?
Kat: No tongue until the wedding bell’s rung, my friend.
Audrey: When in Rome, do what the Romans do.
Deadeye: Bathe together.
Lolo: [to Kat, in Mandarin] Why don’t you eat a d**k? Eat a big or a small one. Whatever you like.
Kat: You ready to lose to a celebrity?
Lolo: Oh, I can’t wait to slap the s**t out of you.
Audrey: God, I’m going to be sick again.
Deadeye: I’ll get you a ginger ale.
Audrey: Get me a new face, or stomach, or something.
Audrey: Do you speak English?
Chao: Many Chinese people speak English. But most Americans do not speak Chinese. It’s always fun to pretend.
'You just got to give it some time and find your people.' - Kenny (Joy Ride) Click To Tweet
Chao: You can tell a lot about a person by their family.
Lolo: Nai Nai’s like, Chinese Chinese. Like, “super long hair coming out of a mole and refuses to pluck it because it’s bad luck” Chinese.
Kat: “Forces you to overeat, and then comments on your weight later” Chinese.
Lolo: Like literally, “take her bra off, wipe her under-boob sweat in the middle of a Buddhist temple and make you sniff it” Chinese.
Kat: “Has a plastic bag full of other plastic bags” Chinese.
Audrey: I heard that if you’re short, you’ll get kidnapped to go live on a gymnastics farm.
Deadeye: That’s not a thing.
Kat: Just curious, what do you do for work?
Jess: Oh, I do import. I do import. And then I also do export.
Audrey: That’s so cool. So like like furniture?
Deadeye: Yeah, there’s a drug dealer on the train.
Jess: Oh, f***!
Audrey: Who do we think it is? The family with the oranges?
Lolo: [referring to Jess] Audrey, get a f***ing grip! It’s this b**ch.
Jess: [as she blows cocaine in their faces] You’re drug dealers now, b**ches!
Lolo: What the f***? Okay, that is good s**t, by the way.
Jess: Yeah, I only sell the best.
Lolo: We can’t get caught with drugs in China. We’ll get deported. Or jail, probably for life.
Audrey: Is this what happened in Brokedown Palace?
Deadeye: That was Thailand!
Audrey: Oh, my God. I’m going to get disbarred.
Kat: I am too famous for jail.
Jess: You look like you’ve had a lot of things in your a**hole.
Kat: Not a lot of things. Just one thing. But maybe different varieties of that one thing, which is d**k. I mean, no, no!
Jess: Are you going to step up for your fellow countrywoman? Are you going to plug or are you going to play?
Audrey: No. Neither. Is that a condom?
Deadeye: I’m not ready to have sex!
Audrey: That American girl stole Kat’s suitcase. Our passports are in there.
Lolo: Well, the bright side is, we just got kicked off the train. We’re not hanging by our nipples in a meat freezer.