My 2 cents… Inside Out

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Movie Title: Inside Out
Directors: Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Original Story By: Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen
Screenplay Writer(s): Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, & Josh Cooley
Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, & Lewis Black


Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Acting: ★★★★★
Animation: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★ (5)

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Written by Pixar

My 2 Cents:
WOW! If you prefer your animated films to be filled with potty humor and dumbed down plot lines, this is not the film for you. Inside Out is a heartwarming – heart wrenching – artistic film for viewers of all ages who enjoy high quality theatrical experiences. On a scale of 1 – 5, I’d give this Pixar film a solid 10.

I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say the film was to dark or that their children didn’t enjoy it. My kids loved this film as much as me and my husband. They – we – have watched it as a family many times over and love it more every time. Simply put, the writing is perfect. As a parent, this one pulled at my heart-strings and made me cry more than I had expected. For my children, they laughed, they were sad, and they loved all the characters. It did lead to some very interesting dinner conversations about why Riley is the only character to have both male and female emotions, but as a family we enjoyed talking through the possibilities.

If you are looking for a family friendly movie that isn’t going to put the adults to sleep but will still keep your children entertained, rent Inside Out!

You can watch the official trailers here:


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