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'Inside Out': Emotional rescue

Published July 01. 2015 04:00PM

"Inside Out" is an animated look inside a preteen girl's brain, with individuals or creatures depicting five emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), is going through a difficult time, much to the consternation of her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) after the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Personality islands," the "control console," "core memories" and the "train of memory" are shown and explained.

Pete Docter (director, "Up," 2009; "Monsters, Inc.," 2001; original stories, "Toy Story" series, "WALL-E," 2008; "Up," 'Monsters, Inc.") wrote the story and screenplay and directed "Inside Out" with co-director Ronaldo Del Carmen.

Actors doing character voices include Richard Kind, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Moynihan, Flea, John Ratzenberger, Frank Oz, Rashida Jones and Laraine Newman.

While the voice talent is plentiful, it doesn't translate into memorable characters as in most contemporary animated films because the actors' voices and personalities don't inform the animation (as did, for example, Eddie Murphy as the Donkey in "Shrek," 2001, and Mike Myers as Shrek).

The dialogue, observations and plot line of "Inside Out" aren't particularly insightful, interesting or humorous.

While one doesn't expect a "shrink rap," per se, "Inside Out," viewed in the 2D format, is kind of boring. That emotion is a must to avoid in most teen and preteen brains.

"Inside Out," MPAA rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children.) for mild thematic elements and some action; Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family; Run time: 1 hr., 34 min.; Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Credit Readers Anonymous: Additional scenes are included during the beginning of the "Inside Out" closing credits.

Box Office, June 26: "Jurassic World" made it a three-peat at No. 1, with $54.2 million, $500.1 million after three weeks, narrowly besting "Inside Out," continuing at No. 2, with $52.1 million, $184.9 million, two weeks; and keeping "Ted 2," starring Mark Wahlberg and Allentown's Amanda Seyfried, opening at No. 3, with a solid $33 million.

4. "Max," $12.2 million, opening; 5. "Spy," $7.8 million, $88.3 million, four weeks; 6. "San Andreas," $5.2 million, $141.8 million, five weeks; 7. "Dope," $2.8 million, $11.7 million, two weeks; 8. "Insidious: Chapter 3," $2 million, $49.8 million, four weeks; 9. "Mad Max: Fury Road," $1.7 million, $147 million, seven weeks; 10. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $1.6 million, $452.4 million, nine weeks

Unreel, July 3:

"Terminator Genisys," PG-13: He's back. Yes, it's Arnold Schwarzenegger, then and now. John Conner sends Kyle Reese to protect Sarah Conner in 1984. Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke co-star in the sci-fi thriller.

"Magic Mike XXL," R: Channing Tatum gets back up on stage in the sequel. Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez co-star in the comedy.

Read Paul Willistein's movie reviews at the Lehigh Valley Press website,; the Times News website,; and hear them on "Lehigh Valley Art Salon," 6-6:30 p.m. Mondays, WDIY 88.1 FM,, where the movie reviews are archived. Email Paul Willistein: pwillistein@ Follow Paul Willistein on Twitter @PaulWillistein and friend Paul Willistein on Facebook.

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