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Ode to Joy

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Movie Info & Cast


A man suffers from a condition that causes him to pass out whenever he is happy.


  • Jake Lacy
  • Morena Baccarin
  • Melissa Rauch
  • Martin Freeman
  • Shannon Woodward
  • Jane Curtin
  • Ellis Rubin
  • Adam Shapiro
  • Jackie Seiden
  • Alex Perez

Did You Know?


  • Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin are both part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Freeman plays Agent Everett Ross in Capt. America: Civil War(2016) and Black Panther (2018), while Baccarin plays Vanessa Carlysle in Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018). Baccarin is also part of the DC Television Universe appearing as Doctor Leslie Thompkins in Gotham and she voiced Black Canary in the animated series Justice League Unlimited.
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    • Charlie: I'm cataplexic. I pass out anytime I feel strong emotions. In my case, it's mainly joy.
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Aug 10, 2019

The film’s depiction of cataplexy is a reasonable representation considering how it’s being used (sufferers may understandably disagree). It’s too bad that so many of the screenplay’s other elements – like its treatment of basic human emotions – are badly mishandled.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
Aug 8, 2019

Ode to Joy fails to live up to its title by attempting to wring comic mileage from a medical condition that sufferers probably don't find very funny.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 8, 2019

Everyone has defined, and distinct characters and no one is phoning it in. Just sit back and enjoy this unique romantic comedy.

Metacritic review by Alan Ng
Alan Ng
Film Threat