Four friends, a business trip to Asia gone wrong, a search for one’s birth parents, mixed with drugs, hot guys, and wild international adventure? Sounds like a recipe for fun. Debuting today at SXSW is Joy Ride, the raunchy new buddy comedy from Adele Lim, who makes her directorial debut after writing Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon.
Joy Ride is led by Emily in Paris star Ashley Park, along with Sherry Cola (Shortcomings), Sabrina Wu, and Oscar-nominated Everything Everywhere All At Once star Stephanie Hsu. The screenplay is by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong & Teresa Hsiao.
Here’s the synopsis: 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 centers 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.
Following its SXSW world premiere, Joy Ride will open in theaters on July 7th.