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Joy Ride

From the co-writer of CRAZY RICH ASIANS comes the hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of cultural identity and self-discovery, as four unlikely friends embark on a once in a lifetime adventure.

From the producers of Neighbors and the co-screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians, JOY RIDE stars Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Oscar® nominee Stephanie Hsu, and Sabrina Wu. The hilarious and unapologetically explicit story of identity and self-discovery centres on four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure.

When Audrey’s (Ashley Park) business trip to Asia goes sideways, 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. Also starring Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians), Desmond Chiam (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Alexander Hodge (Insecure), and Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians).


Adele Lim 


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Teresa Hsiao

Adele Lim


United States





Reclaim The Frame Event

#ReclaimTheFrame with our special screenings of JOY RIDE, including FREE POPCORN and live performances!

4 Aug 2023

Everyman Glasgow - Friday 4 Aug, 20:00 

With special guest, award-winning Singaporean comedian Laura Quinn Goh

Plus a post-screening DJ set TBA

Everyman Manchester - Friday 4 Aug, 20:30

With special guest, Eva Serration, the drag alter ego of artist and circus performer David Hon Ma Chu. Plus a post-screening DJ set TBA.

More JOY RIDE screenings from our #ReclaimTheFrame partners from Friday 4 August:

Mockingbird Birmingham

The Light Cinema Sheffield

Picturehouse Cinemas 

Joy Ride will be presented with Descriptive Subtitles (SDH) and Audio Description (AD), and all event elements will be live captioned.


"Badly Behaved" Women in Adele Lim's JOYRIDE

A written response by Xuanlin Tham

The model minority myth paints a story in rather broad strokes. It’s a term of phrase used to summate the idea that ethnic minorities, particularly Asian Americans, face no barriers to upwards social mobility due to an inherent propensity for hard work, assimilative obedience, and general ‘good behaviour’ that sets them apart from other ethnic groups.

It’s less helpful to understand this as a homogenising and monolithic phenomenon, and more interesting to look at the ways these narratives – though clunky – have been internalised, reproduced in our cultural touchstones, our upbringings. Interesting, too, is the way the notions perpetuated by the model minority myth intersect with gender – and what expectations are then generated for Asian American or diasporic East Asian women, who are not only expected to be demure, but excellent, too.

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