Does the whole family need to see Inside Out?

The answer is yes. Yes they do.

Monday evening, the husband, two kids (ages 6 ad 4 if you’re new to this blog) and I hit up our local theater for a screening of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out.

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We’d watched the trailers for weeks and I was eager to see if the movie would meet my expectations.

The story line is GENIUS!

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.   

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

We ALL loved it – husband, kids, me!  The visuals and characters are awesome enough to entertain the younger set (3-6), even if some of the plot line is above their heads. My son loved Sadness (she was my favorite too!) and laughed hysterically when she flopped on the floor and proclaimed herself too sad to walk. Miss E thought Digust was the best (or the Green Girl as she calls her). I think she just liked her fancy outfit and long eyelashes.

As a parent, I appreciated the movie because it showed me what’s coming. We all know the tween years can be difficult but to see it played out inside an 11 year old’s head was simply enthralling. Pixar nailed it. It opened up a great discussion with my kids about the importance of all your emotions. I love when a movie encourages later conversation.

Side note, at the end of the movie, PUBERTY is mentioned. My son says “What’s that?” I told him I’d tell him later. He says “Tell me now.” (EEEK! What do I say? Think fast Erin. Think fast.) I leaned over and whispered “It’s where your armpits get stinky and grow hair.” Waits for it. Whew, he was satisfied with that answer.

My favorite scene was actually during the credits (so don’t get out of your seat!). You get a glimpse into the minds of several other characters and I was laughing out loud, which if you know me is REALLY loud.

Bottom line, we have all wondered what was going on inside someone’s mind. This movie gives us a delightful glimpse into how our emotions work together to make us who we are on any given day. It also does a great job at showing how although we can change, be depressed, etc., the core of who we are can be rebuilt, even after the world around us seems to crash down.

This family gives Inside Out 8 thumbs up! We can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so we can watch it again and again.

Inside Out has a run time of 1 hr and 42 minutes and is rated PG.

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