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Movie Review: Inside Out

Inside Out is the latest movie from Pixar, the studio that brought us most of the great animated feature films in recent memory.  The story takes place mostly inside the head of a young girl, and it’s among Pixar’s best.  Featuring the voices of Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling (among many others), it packs an emotional punch and a lot of laughs throughout.

After young Riley is moved from her happy life in Minnesota to San Francisco, her emotions argue on how best to navigate her new life.  Her emotions include Joy (Poehler), Fear (Hader), Disgust (Kaling), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith, best known as Phyllis from The Office).   When Joy and sadness are unexpectedly separated from headquarters and Fear, Anger, and Disgust are left running the show, chaos ensues and Riley’s falls into emotional turmoil.

While I really enjoyed the movie, it may have the fewest laughs of any Pixar film I’ve seen.  It is heavier on emotions and gets quite serious at times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just an observation.  That said, there were a lot of great moments and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Grade: B+

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