Riley In Inside Out

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In the movie Inside Out the audience was given a look inside the mind of 11 year old Riley. We are shown that inside the minds there are five emotions that are in control of Riley and her feelings. Riley was described as a very happy and optimistic child. In a parental sense the “perfect child”. However, after her father gets a new job in San Francisco, California and they move from their beloved home in Minnesota Riley’s cheerful demeanor falters. All the while behind her feelings we have Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. Joy has basically been in control of Riley’s life up until the big move.

Joy tries to keep everything together by using imagination and positivity. After everyone goes away to sleep (I guess emotions sleep too) Joy goes to one of Riley’s core memories and does what most usually do with a peaceful happy memory and she reminisces. With all the confusion and excitement Sadness repeatedly tries to move in and make an appearance, Joy wouldn’t allow it. It’s literally Joy’s job to keep Riley as happy as she can be. As Joy kept suppressing Sadness she ended up being expressed at the wrong moment. Joy sends Sadness to her own little “circle of sadness” to make sure she didn’t get in any trouble and upset Riley. Sadness still messes up anyway and somehow Joy, Sadness and the core memories end up in Long Term Memory. Their journey back to Headquarters was supposed to be quick and easy but if you leave Anger, Fear, and Disgust in charge of an 11 year old girl, bad things will follow.
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Or it will leave you crying like a newborn baby due to its extremely sweet but corny life lesson. I’ll admit when I first saw the film it hit close to home like extremely close. The only differences between me and Riley were; I love softball instead of hockey, I was 13, and Joy never seemed to come back to Headquarters for

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