Main Plot Points:
- 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.
What We Thought:
- I liked Inside Out, but didn’t love it like others seemed to.
- The latest Disney/Pixar films don’t always wow me like others as well. I loved Wreck It Ralph, but only liked Big Hero 6 and didn’t particularly like Frozen that much. Brave was ok, yet everyone put down Monsters University and I liked that one.
- As for this, well, I just didn’t get wrapped up in all the emotional stuff others did. I saw Riley as just the typical kid today complaining about her life.
- I get it, you moved cross country and don’t know anyone, oh well, that’s life. Cry me a river, it’s tough to be a kid in today’s mean world. It’s always been tough being a kid when you have to move, but it doesn’t mean I have to watch it.
- That being said, I did overall like the “emotion” characters. To me they are like the Minions in Despicable Me, the side characters that make the movie. Lewis Black was my favorite because he gets to pretty much play himself.
- Bill Hader is good as fear. Richard Kind is pretty awesome as Bing Bong who is probably the best character. Mindy Kaling is solid as Disgust. As for the other two, Joy voiced by Amy Poehler and Sadness voiced by Phyllis Smith, I definitely preferred Sadness. Sadness carries the film to me despite Joy wanting to be in control.
- I know people who cried at and loved Inside Out. I didn’t. I honestly don’t know if it’s something I’d watch again. The running gum jingle joke is fantastic, but not much really stands out. Young kids will like the colors and craziness, but they won’t understand the actual story about a girl starting puberty. It’ll do well because it’s Pixar, but I guess I’m over the Pixar buzz.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Amy Poehler
- Bill Hader
- Lewis Black
- Mindy Kaling
Recommended if You Like:
- Monsters Inc.
- The Incredibles
- Disney/Pixar films