Inside Out

Reviewed by Matt                                                                                                                                         Ages 6+

What if your emotions were really people? What sort of conversations would they have
when it came to a new situation? And what if, like many clergy families, moving house was the change they had to face? From packing your room, and saying goodbye to friends and family, to starting in a new school, in a new city and community; who would speak loudest?

In the movie Inside Out, this is precisely what 11-year-old Riley has to tackles as her family moves to a new city for her dad’s new job. She leaves what’s familiar behind and we get a front row seat to the way her mind grapples with loss, discovery and eventually, acceptance.

The characters representing Riley’s emotions are comical and honest: Anger is short-tempered and defensive, Happiness is unstoppably optimistic, Sadness mopes with Eeyore-like introspection, and Fear is jumpy and cautious. They negotiate for ultimate influence over Riley’s experiences and responses, and are challenged by the changes that come with moving. Who will be in charge of Riley’s response? Or might it be more than one of them
at once?

This is an excellent movie for understanding the range of emotions children, and indirectly parents, can have as they move home. It not only does a great job at showing just how hard moving can be, but does it in a fun, light-hearted way that’s enjoyable for both kids and adults alike – a difficult feat!

Given how frequently clergy kids tend to move due to their parent's changing ministry responsibilities, this movie  provides an excellent opportunity for them to see that someone else gets it, and that’s it’s ok to have a reaction to moving, and maybe even talk about what theirs might be. Maybe there are parts they could be practically supported in, or prayed with about?

I highly recommend this movie! If you have a chance to see Inside Out -  do it! Be ready for lots of laughs, perhaps some tears, and a new insight into the moving journey through the eyes of a young person stepping into a different world.