Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader
Pete Docter (Director), Pete Docter (Story), Meg LeFauve (Screenplay), Josh Cooley (Screenplay)
Released: Jun. 19th, 2015
Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco...
When Riley arrives at San Francisco in an unsatisfactory mood, the five emotions try to do anything they can to cheer her up, But a chain of events leads to core memories being contaminated by Sadness' touch, and Joy and Sadness are sucked into an outside area, inhabited by islands representing Riley's personality, and rows of shelves containing illuminating balls of memories are endless.
The characters are all very endearing as the Riley's parents get a decent enough amount of characterization to be believable in little screentime, and the emotions, who get most of the screen-time, are all unique enough, however the main character of the film and the one who has the most growth is Joy, who, like Riley and perhaps even representative of Riley, learns the importance of sadness and that things are very rarely just one emotion, they're always a mixture of good and bad, and this growth represents a huge amount of growth and maturity for both Joy and Riley (though it does beg the question of if the emotions themselves have emotions since they're capable of different emotional responses and if so where that trail ends).