inside out


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 inside out


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.

Inside Out character posters

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?


Heather is a 29 year old Social Media specialist that enjoys writing, reading, video games, and nerdy things in general. She has two children, 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. Her favorite fandoms are Star Wars, Tolkien, and the Harry Potter universe.


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  14. Cheri Oggy

    I can’t wait to take my grandchildren to see this; it looks to be terrific

  15. Carissa Joslyn

    My kids and I would love to see this! I feel like my son would be Anger and I’d be fear. I have such as strange fears of everything, it’s ridiculous. ;p We will be seeing it soon, tho!

    also , kimiwho sent me!

  16. Betsy Barnes

    This looks like a fun movie, all these emotions living together, sounds very funny 🙂

  17. I want to see it, I usually don’t like animated films but this one looks interesting

  18. mary czerczyk

    I’m not sure what to think about this movie. I would probably have to see it first.

  19. Tiffanie

    I want to see this movie so bad!!!! It has such a great cast!!!!

  20. It was supposed to be a COMEDY!? I cried through the entire hour and 42 minutes of it. I really, really liked it. I’m hearing some really mixed reviews about it – people seem to either love it or are unsure about how they feel about it. Weird.

    On that note, you should head over to my blog lady! I have a Bing-Bong funko pop up for a giveaway. 😀

  21. Mai Tran

    I have not seen it but the trailer is awesome. I even did the emotion test and got JOY as a result. Can’t wait to buy the DVD.

  22. Thanks for the review! We were trying to decide if we should see it now or wait for it to hit the $2 show right before it leaves theaters! 😉

  23. Angela Weight

    We saw it on Saturday night. Such a cute movie. I’ve been singing “triple dent gum” all week. So funny how jingles get stuck in our brains. And it really made me think about the way our brains work and memories are stored.

  24. I loved it. I’m a Disney junkie so I had to see it when it came out. I don’t have kids but went on a double date to see it. 🙂

  25. I honestly kind of agree with you… I mean I enjoyed it, but I’m not gaga over it like everyone else seems to be… I didn’t cry a whole log… I mean I got a little teary over Bing Bong but it was mostly the existence crisis of losing our imagination and creativity that got to me… It was good, but not one I’m super worried about owning or raving about.

  26. Ari Carr

    It looked like a strange film, but I’m glad to hear it was good!

  27. chall1018

    Thanks for the review! My five year old is so anxious to see this movie. I will go into it with an open mind.

  28. I really want to see this movie! I’m a sucker for all kids movies and I have to see them at least once. That being said, I’ll probably wait until it’s out of theatres, but it seems like a nice movie 🙂

  29. Dayne Prescott

    I admit, I skipped reading this for now, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT SPOILERS! BUT, when I see it this weekend, I’ll be sure to come back 😉

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