"A Beautiful Emphasis on Joy"
What You Need To Know:
(BBB, CC, Ro, V, N, M) Very strong moral worldview includes some solid redemptive content and extols sacrifice, joy and family, marred slightly by some light Romantic worldview elements because the movie’s unclear about whether emotion controls our thoughts; no foul language but references to a character saying the one bad word he knows; light violence of characters falling, and the character of anger burns fire, character fades away and dies; no implied or explicit sexual content or immorality, just a kiss between married parents; animated nudity of a child’s rear end; no alcohol use; no smoking or drug use; and, lying.
INSIDE OUT is an animated comedy about a young girl who has a wonderful life, until her family moves to San Francisco and her emotions get out of control. INSIDE OUT is a well-made, delightful movie with a great plot line, good dialogue, excellent animation, and a strong moral worldview. Riley is 11-years-old. She has had a pretty joyous life in the Midwest. When Riley’s family needs to move to San Francisco, other emotions start to come out, like Disgust, Anger, Fear, and Sadness, with Joy being put to the test. Each emotion is a character in Riley’s brain, helping her cope and grow in life, while each memory is in the shape of a ball which plays the scenes from the memories.
When Joy is trying to save some of the memories from Sadness, who is touching them and making them sad, the two emotions get sucked up in an air vent and taken away from the Headquarters. Now, the only remaining emotions are Disgust, Anger and Fear. This leaves Riley in a very bad mood indeed. Joy and Sadness decide they must jump on the different islands that make up Riley’s personalities, including Hokey, Goofy, Family, Friendship, and Honesty. However, in front of their eyes, Joy and Sadness see the Goofy island collapse. They need to get back to headquarters before all the Islands are lost, and Riley loses her joyous self.
INSIDE OUT is a well-made movie with a great plot line. Because of the movie’s themes, it’s a bit intellectual, so some younger children may have a hard time understanding everything that’s happening. However, the movie does a brilliant job with character dialogue. Also, the animation and art direction are excellent. INSIDE OUT has a strong moral worldview with a redemptive theme of sacrifice. One of the characters sacrifices itself to save another character and ultimately save the day. Also, the movie has a beautiful emphasis on joy. That said, the movie’s unclear about whether our emotions control our thoughts or vice versa. Otherwise, however, INSIDE OUT is a delightful movie with a poignant story and many positive messages, including a positive portrayal of an American family.