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Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
I’ll be honest, I went into this movie have no idea what it was about. My kids wanted to see it, so we went. (After all, they sat through Jurassic World in 3D with me. It was the least I could do.) I gotta tell you, watching a movie about a girl that is moved across the country kind of struck a chord for me. It really is hard to move across the country — to a place that is the polar opposite of what you’re used to. Basically the movie starts off with her growing up, how most of her memories are happy, her “core” memories (the memories that make up her personality) are all happy ones. She is then moved and Joy is trying to make it be a big happy thing. Sadness feels like she should be in control and her and Joy kind of mess some things up. Sadness touches some memories and turns them blue, meaning that they’re now sad memories. Then, there is a core memory that is blue and Joy tries to make it not happen. She doesn’t want it to be in her core memories. And that’s where the trouble starts. Her and Sadness get sucked out of headquarters down towards the memory banks where they get lost, encounter some old friends and have to work together to get back to headquarters before all of Riley’s core memories are gone forever. Joy is carrying the core memories with her, trying to not let sadness touch them. Along the way Joy realizes that without sadness a lot of Riley’s happy memories wouldn’t have happened. They finally get back to headquarters and Joy lets Sadness take over for a bit after they get Riley’s core memories back in place. The emotions all start working together and creating memories with more than one single emotion. This also helps develop Riley’s teenage personality because core memories are also mixed emotions.
Anger. Anger is played by Lewis Black. He was great. I loved the comedic relief he brought. Plus, Lewis Black. I mean, of course I am going to like him.
Poor little Fear.
I’m pretty sure Disgust is my favorite from the movie. Mindy Kaling was perfect.
Joy! She is adorable and just tries to make everyone happy.
Remember Phyllis from The Office? Yeah, that’s who plays Sadness. I loved her.
I’m not really sure how I feel about the movie. My kids really enjoyed it. I think that it’s a great way to explain emotions. I just don’t know if I particularly liked it. It wasn’t a bad movie. I just don’t know how I really feel about it. I liked certain parts of it. I think that it’s a great kids movie. I just was expecting more of a comedy.
Have you seen Inside Out? Did you like it?