Inside Out

Movie review by Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.

PG 2015 102 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 133 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 267 reviews

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age 8+

My 5 1/2 year old has been kept up with the scariness in this

We had to watch this for a school assignment, and I watched it together with him and helped him complete the assignment. My 5 1/2 year old found the idea of the memory dump of forgetting things to be extremely scary, and also the fact that Riley isn't able to feel anything when sadness goes missing. The style is dramatic with feelings getting sucked away and things falling into the memory dump. The ending does not make up for this scariness, and he's been unable to sleep since watching it, and it's an hour past his bedtime, and he's the type of kid who can fall asleep in 3 minutes normally.

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Too much violence
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age 15+

Suicidal tones, depressing messed up movie. NOT for kids

Extremely depressing, disturbing and suicidal themes. This was the most depressing movie I have ever seen from Disney/Pixar. And yes it shows the 10 year old stealing her mom's credit card from her purse, buying a bus ticket (think greyhound) to run away cross country. The girl acts suicidal through most the film, long creepy death of innocent characters goes on forever. Children in the theather were terrified they could lose their memory because of their emotions, one child asked "is she gonna die, mommy?" in the middle. Nothing worth seeing, upsetting to children weather they say it or not. Wish I never saw it. Not for anyone with depression, or anyone really. Please don't show this to a child.
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