Gender Roles - Women
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Gender Roles - Women: 3.5 Stars
Riley's emotions are intensely loyal, even if they don't come across as terribly bright or gifted. Inside Out is a film about learning and appreciating oneself, so the characters definitely stumble through some obstacles and make humorously poor decisions. But each of them eventually shows her fair share of depth and even bravery.
Riley herself is a beautifully complicated girl on the cusp of one of the most difficult times in a girl's life. Even if she's not always completely in control of herself, she has a lot of strength, a lot of fear, and a lot of heart - and is easily the most endearing character of them all.
Self-Esteem and Body Image: 4 Stars
Riley and her emotions tend to swing between episodes of healthy self-assurance and unexpected discomfort. Overall, the story gives us a surprisingly realistic view of an adolescent girl's struggle to maintain her sense of self in the midst of an influx of hormones and changes in circumstance. Riley isn't always cool and confident, but she's honest and real.
Thankfully, Inside Out never puts any real focus on Riley's appearance. The story touches on her daydreams and anxieties about finding the right boyfriend or fitting in with the cool girls at school, but never resorts to images of Riley obsessing over her hair or body type to fit in. To the contrary, Riley's emotions are dedicated to preserving her personality - her sense of honesty, her sense of family, and everything else that makes her unique. Straight through until the end, Riley's vibrant personality hinges on internal qualities that have nothing to do with what she looks like.
Plot: 4.5 Stars
Inside Out allows Riley's key emotions, Joy and Sadness, to show their fortitude and ingenuity by escaping Riley's long term memory and restoring her core memories. Joy and Sadness encounter a wide array of obstacles along the way, but never truly give up the prospect of saving Riley. And in the process, these two opposite extremes form an unexpected bond and a deeper understanding of each other.
The film also gives Riley a chance to shine, not just through being strong and happy, but by embracing some more difficult emotions like Sadness and Fear.
Character Development: 5 Stars
In it's way, Inside Out is an entire film dedicated to the character of one girl. It brings to life the messy complications of pre-adolescence in a time of difficult and unexpected change. But even Riley's intrinsically one-dimensional emotions go through their own form of metamorphosis. Joy begins to see the important ways that Sadness contributes to Riley's well-being, and Sadness is finally given the opportunity to help Riley through a difficult time. In the end, each of the Riley's emotions seems to learn a little something about self-restraint, and how to work together as a team to make Riley the most balanced and healthy pre-teen that she can be.
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Gender Roles - Men
Gender Roles - Men: 2.5 Stars
The men in Inside Out don't play a large role in Riley's development. Her male emotions, Anger and Fear, look after her in their own semi-destructive ways - and her father offers his love and support from a distance. But unfortunately, none of these characters are given enough screen time or dialogue to really test the boundaries of their love for Riley. While it's definitely encouraging to see a father who is so supportive of his daughter's interest in athletics (especially a team sport like hockey), but their relationship is a bit too vanilla to make much of an impact on this film.
Inside Out is the story of a girl named Riley, as told by her primary emotions, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Riley's emotions have kept her safe and happy for most of her life, but things start to get complicated when the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. Joy and Sadness begin to fight for control of Riley's memories - and Riley's endearing personality starts to fade and crumble. As Riley's mind becomes more chaotic and unpredictable, Joy and Sadness must learn to work together to prevent Riley from making a terrible mistake.
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