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Um, no. This is the most depressing kids' movie I've ever seen. Basically, the film is about the feelings inside this little girl's head: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness (because those are the only feelings that exist...). The majority of the plot focuses on when the little girl loses Joy (i.e. her parents made her move away, her dad's at work a lot, etc.). So for most of the movie, the little girl is miserable, and you have to watch her become more miserable, and you're made to contemplate when you were the most miserable in your own life...It's like a drawn-out commercial about depression (without the anti-depressant medical solution at the end). AND the film even comes to the conclusion that you can't have happiness without sadness, so you should just embrace your sadness and wallow in it. It was awful! I do NOT want to cry while watching a kids' movie! The film tried to end on a happy note, but it was too late: I was already sad and was not planning to change my mind on how I felt about this movie.
I'd give it two out of five stars, and that's only because the idea of anthropomorphizing your feelings is pretty new and creative. But in general, I'd say that if you don't want to feel shitty for the rest of the day, don't bother watching Inside Out.
PS: The "Lava" short beforehand is anything but short. And the song isn't even that good! Listen to the video below: