‘Joy Ride,’ Everything You Need to Know

Joy Ride is a 2023 American comedy film directed by Adele Lim, in her feature directorial debut, and written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao, from a story by Lim, Chevapravatdumrong, and Hsiao.

When will Joy Ride be released?

Joy Ride had its world premiere at SXSW on March 17, 2023, and is set to be released in the United States on July 7, 2023, by Lionsgate Films.

Who’s in the cast of Joy Ride?

  • Ashley Park as Audrey Sullivan
  • Sherry Cola as Lolo
  • Stephanie Hsu as Kat
  • Sabrina Wu as Deadeye
  • Ronny Chieng as Chao
  • Lori Tan Chinn
  • David Denman as Joe Sullivan, Audrey’s adoptive father
  • Annie Mumolo as Mary Sullivan, Audrey’s adoptive mother
  • Meredith Hagner as a drug dealer
  • Desmond Chiam as Clarence
  • Alexander Hodge as Todd
  • Chris Pang as Kenny
  • Rohan Arora as Arvind
  • Victor Lau as Jiaying
  • Baron Davis as Himself

Watch the trailers for Joy Ride

Joy Ride (2023) Official Red Band Trailer 2 – Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu


'Joy Ride' Poster
‘Joy Ride’ Poster

Character Posters

What happens in Joy Ride?

Asian American adoptee Audrey (Ashley Park, Emily in Paris) is living the dream. Raised in the picturesque small town of White Hills, she has a successful law career, a close relationship with her parents, and her longtime best friend, Lolo (Sherry Cola, Good Trouble), literally lives in her backyard. 

But Audrey is ready for more. To become a partner at her law firm and leave White Hills behind, she just needs to close one important deal with a client in China. Sounds straightforward enough, until Lolo encourages Audrey to use the trip to locate her birth mother. Oh, and Lolo’s eccentric cousin, Deadeye (standup comedian Sabrina Wu), is coming along. So is Kat (Oscar® nominee Stephanie Hsu – Supporting Actress, Everything Everywhere All at Once, 2022), a glamorous Chinese soap opera star who roomed with Audrey in college.

Needless to say, Audrey’s meeting with the client does not go according to plan. Instead of soaring to new heights in her career, Audrey finds herself and her friends on a life-changing journey across Asia. As the quartet sample substances, get down and dirty with members of a Chinese basketball team, and attempt to sing their way onto an international flight, the four womxn learn much more about themselves and each other, discovering what it means to truly know and love yourself in all ways possible.