Inside Out

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Review by Steve Duffy –

Pixar’s 15th film is going to delight the masses for a long time to come.

InsideOutThis comedy-adventure brings us into the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year girl, who is upset that her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) have decided to move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco, leaving behind everything that she has come to love: friends and hockey.

Guiding us through Riley’s emotional journey are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). These characters monitor / balance Riley’s emotions and core memories from their control room as they help maneuver her through a horrible first day at a new school, a new bedroom she doesn’t like, and a really bad hockey tryout.

The self-appointed leader, Joy, has trouble sharing the control console with the other emotions, especially Sadness, because she wants Riley to experience happiness all the time. When things take a turn for the worse (i.e. memories start to fade), Joy and Sadness are sucked out of the control tower of Riley’s mind to help reset it. In order to do that, they have to make the long trek through the fantastical Island (Family, Friendship, and Goofball) and back to the control tower in time to help Riley find happiness again.

All the voices of Riley’s emotions are hilarious and marvelous. Each of the actors bring their personalities (emotions) to life in a laugh-out-loud way. An audience favorite will definitely be Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong, voiced by Richard Kind. The visuals are colorful and imaginative.

Inside Out is a madcap adventure that the entire family will enjoy taking together.

Inside Out is preceded by a short titled “Lava,” about a lonely volcano. It starts out cute, but then quickly loses its steam.


PG for mild thematic elements and some action

Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.

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But my 11 year old loved it and that’s the age it was for not adults