‘Inside Out’ – Review and Parental Guidance

A great way to discuss emotions with your kids and a great reminder to enjoy your kids’ current stage of life is Inside Out, Disney/Pixar’s new release, opening today.

And make sure you get there in time to catch Lava, Pixar’s new short. You will love it!

Inside Out is about a little girl named Riley. Riley is an 11 year old girl who moves from Minnesota to San Francisco (and in stereotypically Minnesota fashion, she loves hockey).

Plain and simple.

Except it’s really not about Riley as much as it is about Riley’s emotions.

Riley’s five main emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. We get to watch how they wrestle through the right emotion at the right time. Usually the emotions let Joy be in charge of the control board, but we journey with Joy as she learns a deeper understanding of the usefulness of her companions inside Riley’s head and heart.

It’s a powerful story. And once again, Disney/Pixar knock it out of the park. We will be adding this to our film library at home.

Inside Out: The Long and the Short of It

This movie is about emotions so as you can imagine, it’s a very powerful movie. Read powerful as intense. Lots of raucous laughter and delight are followed by deep sobs. My kids felt the emotions deeply; all but disgust and anger. Those emotions made us giggle. Which isn’t that true in real life? Sometimes disgust and anger (on our part or another’s) makes us laugh: inappropriate or no.

As a mom of a tween, I was watching my daughter’s life flash before my eyes. And for that reason, I was sobbing. Unfortunately, my arms were being clung to and I couldn’t tear them away. My tears flowed freely down my cheeks.

There is a dream sequence that starts out hilarious. HI. LAR. I. OUS. But after a bit, it gets kind of scary. It was during this part that my arms became teddy bears for my children.

Inside Out: Parental Guidance

  • It’s an intense movie. You don’t need to prep your kids, just be ready.
  • You will have a lot to think about in your own kids’ lives.
  • The dream sequence is kind of scary.

Final Thoughts

This is a great movie for kids and parents alike. It’s going to be a little harder for sensitive kids to watch just because movie-goers journey into feeling so deeply, but it’s still incredibly produced.

I am giving Inside Out 4 out of 5 stars. It would receive 5 except for the scary dream part.

Go see it and let us know what you thought!

Find More Family Movie Ideas: Family Movie Night Ideas: Quick Reviews and Parental Guidance

'Inside Out' FFTC Review of the New Disney Pixar Release, Opening Today

FFTC received tickets to attend a prescreening of Disney/Pixar’s new film Inside Out.

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