Last Friday I had the incredible good fortune to sit in on an intimate screening of Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out” thanks to The Moms. Denise and Melissa even brought Bill Hader to us for a bit of a Q&A session before we saw the film! He was charming and funny – had the whole crowd laughing before the film even started!
I’ve been waiting for a Pixar movie to make me gush since “Up” back in 2009. The first ten minutes of that movie had me ugly crying into my popcorn and remains one of my favorite animated movies ever. “Inside Out” is here to give it a run for its money.
The film tells the story of Riley, a hockey loving little girl whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates from Minnesota to San Francisco. We spend most of the movie inside Riley’s head with the emotions that are guiding her through this experience and life in general. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. They reside in Headquarters, a kind of mission control for Riley’s mind. We learn how memories are made and stored, and how our emotions sometimes war for control over us. I burst out laughing when Anger takes over with threats of making Riley use the one bad word he knows – I remember far too well the summer my own kid knew just one bad word…
I also remember being the new kid in town (3 separate times). I remember my imaginary friend (oh God, get your tissues out for that moment), and I remember how frightening and overwhelming things were a lot of the time growing up. Riley, we all feel for you because we’ve all BEEN you.
While trying to get acclimated to Riley’s new home in San Francisco, Joy and Sadness get lost, Riley gets all turned around as a result and there’s a race against time to get it all together. Poor Riley is so confused and missing her old home, but all the grown-ups keep telling her to be happy and smile. Joy up in headquarters just keeps trying to put Sadness in a tiny little circle – repression anyone? This is Pixar though and it all comes right in the end. With not a dry eye in the house, mind you. Later that night when I tried to explain the movie to Roger, “no no no – it turns out that we NEED Sadness because you see…” and then I literally started crying again.
Bring the kids (the ones around me loved it!), bring your spouse, bring your mom, your sister, your best friend…this is a movie for everyone. Be sure to pack a box of tissues to share. It’s a good cry though, I promise. The ending is just so beautiful.
Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens on Friday, June 19, 2015.