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Uprooted 11-year old Struggles to Control Her Emotions in Introspective Pixar Adventure 

Inside Out 
PUM Film Review by Kam Williams 
  



 

 

 

 

 

 

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) was understandably unhappy when she learned from her mother (Diane Lane) and father (Kyle MacLachlan) that the family was relocating from Minnesota to San Francisco. After all, she'd be leaving behind her home, her hockey team and all her BFFs. 

So, it's no surprise that the uprooted 11 year-old might be very lonely after moving to the Bay Area. And, unfortunately, that solitary condition leads to an inordinate amount of introspection as she attempts to sort out her emotions, literally and figuratively. 

For, her feelings aren't merely metaphysical experiences but five actual little figurines living inside her brain. This anthropomorphic quintet, composed of Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), are constantly contending for control of rattled Riley's moods as she navigates her way around a new house, city and school. 

That struggle is the subject of Inside Out, the best animated offering from the talented team at Pixar since the equally-affective balloon adventure Up (2009). Don't allow the the awkward-sounding premise revolving around a melancholy kid who's a bit of a head case turn you off, as the material is handled delicately enough to be appropriate for a child of any age. 

A touching tale illustrating how a dramatic life change might, temporarily at least, exact a terrible toll on a frail human psyche. 


Excellent (4 stars) 
Rated PG for action and mature themes 
Running time: 94 minutes 
Distributor: Pixar Animation / Walt Disney Studios 

To see a trailer for Inside Out, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZLOYXKmIkw 

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