Everybody needs some joy in their life.
Oversized but with an enormous heart, Joy Levine is shabby and worn-out on the outside but filled with happiness on the inside. Her family is a mess: Her father is losing bladder control, her overbearing mother nags Joy to find a husband, and her brother lost his job, but pretends to go to work each day to keep his marriage together.
Joy's life changes when she signs up as a candidate for the TV show "Gotta Be Happy." To her astonishment, she is chosen to throw a surprise party for her parents on an upcoming show. The show is to be aired right after Yom Kippur, with forgiveness as the theme. Joy has to get all her parents' estranged friends to the party to conduct the reconciliation. However, there is a price to pay: Joy will need to let the viewers into her private world and share with them a dark event that has hung over the Levines for 22 years.
Will friends forgive and forget? Will her family find happiness? Will Joy find true love?
Joy is a touching dark comedy that reminds us that we all need a little joy in our lives.