So I’m going to see “Inside Out” and it’s pure serendipity.

I decided I spend enough time every weekend holed up in my small dark house blogging like a maniac like some sort of avoidant Aspie hermit (which I kind of am!) Suddenly the idea came to me that I wanted–needed–to spend part of today doing something different. It’s too cloudy for the pool or lake, and I have no one to go with anyway, so I decided going to the movies would be a good idea.

Here’s an example of the wonderful and mysterious ways God sometimes works. When I Googled movies in my area the first one I saw was the popular Pixar cartoon, “Inside Out.” Yes, it’s a kid’s movie but seems to have a very profound message of empathy–and it appears to be a girl who shuts off her true feelings following a traumatic event for any child–moving away. Anything sound familiar to those of you who read about narcissism? 😉

I am posting both the description of the movie as well as the Google results “Inside Out and Empathy.”



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It’s almost surreal the way this happened. I mean, I almost NEVER have the idea to go to a movie, because I never have enough money–but this week I do.

Something similar happened with the comedy-drama “Welcome to Me,” which I saw in May. I had no idea before I entered the theatre that it was about a woman with BPD, which I was reading and writing a lot about at the time.

I can’t believe I’m this excited to see a children’s movie, but I think it’s going to have a lot to do with what I have been focusing on in myself and on this blog–empathy. I will be writing up a review tonight, when it’s still fresh on my mind. I also need a good cry and I have a strong feeling this movie will be making me bawl. Should I come armed with a box of Kleenex? Sometimes emotional music and movies are the most effective ways for me to get the tears out.

21 thoughts on “So I’m going to see “Inside Out” and it’s pure serendipity.

  1. I thought this movie was excellent! Great messages about empathy and pain and honesty, and there is a ton of growth demonstrated. It really drives home the fact that “it’s okay to feel.” I loved it, and my best friend David and I both cried, so I’d imagine you’re in for a few tears, too!

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    • I just got back and have to say I spent most of the second half of the movie (and some of the first half) with tears streaming down my face, exept when I was laughing, because the movie was as funny as it was poignant and touching and sad. Yeah…I was laughing and crying at the same time, but other people were too. What an emotional adventure! Wow!
      The main characer, Riley, was a complex little girl with complex emotions and the way her mind and emotions worked together was incredibly well done and creative too.

      Parents, if you have children ages 4 through early teens (younger than 4 may not understand the deep message and may find certain parts scary), please take them to see this movie. It’s a gem with a profound message about feelings and empathy neither you or they will forget. I know I sound like an ad, but I really mean this.
      There were a lot of kids in the theater and they were all riveted.

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  2. I don’t think I have been to a movie since December 2012 because movies are so expensive to see. Why pay $10 to see a movie when you can just wait until it comes to Redbox and rent it for $1.50? I am budget concision.

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    • My neighbor friend and I went to see a movie recently. It was the first time in over ten years since either of us had been to a theater. Even though it was expensive, it was worth it to get out of the house. Like Lucky said in this post, sometimes even an Aspie avoidant hermit needs to get out and go do something. 🙂

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    • I undertsand about the expense. I’ve only gone to 2 movies this year, and that’s more than I went to since 2010 when I saw “Inception.” That was the last movie I went to until May this year.


  3. I love “Inside Out” – and “Lava” the short before it. I don’t think that Pixar movies are ever intended only for kids. They are meant to have appeal and meaning for those of all ages.

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    • I liked “Lava” too–very touching and fit right in with the emotional nature of the movie. I am writing up a review of “Inside Out” today. Yes, I agree, children can understand and enjoy this movie, but there are also many subtleties and layers to this movie that adults will understand. I think it’s one of those movies you could watch many times and get something new from it each time.

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