Thursday, June 13, 2024

Inside Out 2

The sequel to 2015's Inside Out is exactly what you would expect. Catching up with Riley (Kensington Tallman) as she enters her teenage years, the film features several new complicated emotions that get into competition with Joy (Amy Poehler) and the other characters from the first film as Riley gets ready to deal with high school, the potential loss of friends who (while the three are headed to a summer hockey camp) drop the bombshell that they will both be attending a different high school, and (thanks to the help of the new emotions which she can't always control) juggling fitting in with redefining her sense of self.

The new group of emotions is led by the frantic Anxiety (Maya Hawke) with plans, many of them quite bad, on how to fix Riley's current dilemmas. Joining her are Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser), and Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos). Not unlike Riley, Joy and the other original emotions are overwhelmed by the new characters taking Riley into unforeseen directions.

Deftly navigating the push-pull emotional rollercoaster of a teenager, and awkward in the right ways, Inside Out 2 is a clever and enjoyable follow-up to Inside Out. And, like in the first film, we get our original emotions poking through the dark recesses of Riley's mind including discovering her fandom for an embarrassing video game character (Yong Yea) and a preschool TV mascot (Ron Funches) whose magic pouch (James Austin Johnson) will come in handy while also providing some of the biggest laughs of the movie.

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  • Title: Inside Out 2
  • IMDb: link

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