Reviewed by: Samuel Chetty
difficulties of growing up
How does the human mind and emotions work?
HUMILITY vs. pridefulness and self-absorption
What is the greatest source of problems with human emotions?
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity—such as smoking, gambling, etc.—is wrong? Answer
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
What should we thank God for, and how should we praise Him? Answer
|Featuring:||Diane Lane … Mom (voice)
Kyle MacLachlan … Dad (voice)
Amy Poehler … Joy (voice)
Mindy Kaling … Disgust (voice)
Bill Hader … Fear (voice)
Richard Kind … Bing Bong (voice)
Phyllis Smith … Sadness (voice)
Jess Harnell … Additional Voices (voice)
Lewis Black … Anger (voice)
Laraine Newman … Mother's Fear (voice)
|Director:||Pete Docter—“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and writer of “WALL-E”|
|Producer:||Pixar Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributor:||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
“Meet the little voices inside your head.”
“Inside Out” is a movie that shows us a character from the inside out. An eleven year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) has personified emotions inside her head who react to situations in her life and have control panels to make her express various feelings. We meet Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and other characters who play various roles in Riley’s mind, which is a very complex place with many locations representing elements of her memory and lifestyle. Shortly after the movie opens, Riley’s family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, and she feels very uncomfortable with her new setting, leaving each emotion in a fight for control. Can the different emotions work together? Or is there a dominant emotion that will prevail?
This movie is quite a show. You just need to sit back and be amused by the clever, intriguing depictions of how Riley’s mind works, instead of asking when the next big event is coming. In typical Pixar fashion, there are lots of nutty situations, but, as usual, they have done it tastefully without overly silly antics. It has been said that some people have a world inside their head, and, in this movie, it is quite literal, giving the movie an adventurous feel. The amount of variance in scenery is also impressive.
I do not think of myself as a very emotional person, in the sense of outward expression, but I do tend to be introspective and philosophical, and this movie is easy for me to relate to. I have often thought of the human mind as a complicated system, and having studied Computer Science, I tend to think of the mind in computerized terms, and this movie personifies the different parts. From a Christian perspective, a question raised by this movie could be whether our minds control us, or whether we control our minds.
Looking at this question Biblically, consider Romans 8:5-6 (NRSV),
“Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
I take this to mean that our degree of freedom to live by the Spirit depends on what we focus our minds upon. We should focus on being freed from temptation rather than obsessing over temptation’s power.
In summary, I think that “Inside Out” raises meaningful discussion points, and, morally, it is one of the cleanest modern movies I have seen. There is plenty of non-violent action to keep kids engaged, but the humor and concept of the movie can entertain teenagers and adults. I definitely give “Inside Out” a positive recommendation.
Language: nitwit (1), stupid (2), heck (3). A character says he wants to cuss several times, but he either doesn’t do it or it’s fully beeped out.
Violence: Some perilous situations, but nothing malicious
Sex/Nudity: A toddler’s backside is shown once. Parents kiss briefly.
Other: A girl steals her mother’s credit card in a plot to run away from home, but she aborts the plan before getting far.
Violence: Mild / Language: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Mild
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.