Friday, June 19, 2015

Movie Review: Inside Out

Opening Date:                  Friday, June 19th
Rating:                               PG
Running Time:                  106 Mins
Directed by:                      Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up")
Co-Directed by:                Ronnie del Carmen
Produced by:                     Jonas Rivera ("Up")
Screenplay by:                  Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend an advance screening of this film. Inside Out is an emotional movie about emotions. It shows what's going on inside the mind of an 11 year old girl, Riley. The main emotions that reside in Headquarters (aka the control center) are Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling). The voice cast is excellent; each voice fits its character perfectly. All five emotions work together to help Riley adjust to a big change in her life when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. But then Joy and Sadness get swept up into Riley's Long Term Memory and have to figure out how to get back to Headquarters. Since only Fear, Anger, and Disgust remain in Headquarters, Riley is in turmoil. In the meantime, Joy and Sadness have an unforgettable adventure of their own. Parents of preteens and teens will be able to relate to Riley's parents as they know how challenging it is to help their kids navigate through the roller-coaster ride of their emotions.

I highly recommend Inside Out! It's a fantastic family movie! Funny, witty, imaginative, thought-provoking, and heart-tugging! All emotions have their places (roles). We use different emotions to convey (a thought or feeling), communicate, cope, and connect with others. This movie shows how emotions affect our actions & reactions and what we experience in the real world affects our emotions. There are many more emotions in real life but it would be too crowded in the Headquarters if they had more than 5. My family enjoyed this poignant movie and and was touched by it. It reminded me that childhood doesn't last forever and that I should make as many fond memories with my children as possible. These "core memories" will serve them well, especially when their emotions are out of whack :).

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