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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Inside Out

We saw Inside Out tonight. I had read a few reviews of the movie and at least one that was foster care related. I knew it might be triggering but all of the reviews said the movie did a nice job of laying out how your emotions interact with your brain.

Since we've been dealing with a lot of "big feelings" as we refer to them, we felt this would help the kids understand their emotions better.

Plus, we are huge Disney nerds so it's a pretty safe bet that we'll be seeing the latest Disney/Pixar flick. 

Warning: Plot info
The major event of the movie was that the main character, Riley, moves cross country. Her emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust in the central command center are in charge of her daily interactions and responsible for her memories (which look like marbles). The memories are stored during sleep and some form Core Memories which form her personality made up of Islands of experiences. 
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The moving piece reflected the loss my kids have been feeling so powerfully.  The move part didn't register so much (which is funny because we did actually move). I think the kids are genuinely happy in our new house and weren't in the other one long enough to be too attached. The missing of friends was the biggest trigger for the kids and several of them cried.

I think it will be a great spring board for other conversations. I also really liked that it showed there was room for all of the emotions and all of them had their purpose, including fear which keeps us safe. Such an important lesson for our kiddos with trauma and attachment issues.

I would also add that this movie has subject matter material that will mostly be lost on those younger than Kindergarten. I'm not sure how much Smiley absorbed although she did find certain parts sad.  There were a lot of younger kids in the theater and they were not paying attention to the movie. Lots of talking- this is not a Frozen/princess/song movie.

It was very cute and aside from the "moves"/loss aspect, not too triggering. In fact, both parents are in the movie and neither of them die. I give it 2 thumbs up.

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