Inside Out Movie Review

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by
We received tickets to the Inside Out advanced screening at no charge, to review this movie from Disney Pixar Films. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families movies we think their family may enjoy.


What Inside Out is About:

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.


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Posing with the five emotions: Joy, Disgust, Fear, Anger and Sadness. Which one are you?!


My two oldest kids, ages 8 and 6, have been talking about wanting to go see Inside Out for weeks. They had seen the commercials and couldn’t stop talking about the different emotions, and how funny the movie looked. When I took them to see the movie, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to their expectations. I had no reason to worry: the movie was amazing. The story was fantastic, with just the right amount of laughter, sarcasm, sadness, and hijinks to keep both the adults and kids captivated.


What really struck me as awesome was the concept behind Riley’s brain. They show her memories and how they are literally colored with the emotions behind them. We see her long term memories, short term memories, core memories, and the memory dump where unimportant or forgotten memories are sent. The movie also talks about things like abstract thoughts and imagination, and I thought it was such a cool way to explain these concepts to children.


My kids absolutely loved the emotions. They left the theater talking about which personality was their favorite. My daughter thought Disgust, who reminded me of a moody teenager, was hysterical. My son thought Anger, whose patience runs thin and erupts over just about everything, was the funniest emotion. They loved seeing Anger, Fear, and Disgust take over when Joy and Sadness get lost in the memory bank. They also thought Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong, was one of the best characters in the movie.


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Joy and Sadness are lost in the memory bank. Will they ever find their way out?


Inside Out is one of the rare movies that both boys and girls will love because of it’s creative plot, beautiful graphics, and entertaining characters. We loved seeing Inside Out and we think it was perfect for families to see together.


Check out our Inside Out coloring printables and the interview with the cast of Inside Out.


Need help selecting family-friendly movies? Visit Jersey Family Fun’s Family Movie Reviews series. Want to plan a fun family movie night? Visit our Family Movie Night series.

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In full disclosure, we were provided with tickets to the advanced screening of Inside Out to make our review possible. As always, our opinions are honest and based on our own experiences with the movie.

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Nancy is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and loves raising her family near the beach. She is the mom of two daughters and a son, ages 3-8. Nancy holds a degree in Public Relations and has a background in nonprofit fundraising. She is excited to join the Jersey Family Fun team and write about all of the great things happening in New Jersey.

One thought on “Inside Out Movie Review

  1. Garai says:

    It’s nice to see a film that celebrates all the emotions, but still manages to be optimistic and uplifting. Inside Out is the full package :)

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