‘Inside Out 2’ Parent Review and What my Kids Thought

If you’re thinking of taking your kids to see the new Pixar movie and looking for a spoiler-free Inside Out 2 parent review, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to decide if the Inside Out 2 age rating is right for your kids.

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Inside Out 2′ Parent Review

Inside Out 2 had some big shoes to fill, given how much we all loved the first movie. Honestly, I didn’t like the first movie a lot when I first saw it. It took years to grow on me and Inside Out is the reason I try not to watch movie trailers. Yes, thanks to the trailer that gave away so many of the funny one-liners and misled me to believe the whole movie would be a back and forth between the minds of Riley and her parents, I no longer watch most Disney movie trailers. That said, some did manage to slip by me and a couple of one liners in this sequel didn’t surprise me, but there were other funny moments. 

Colorful characters from the movie stand in the control center of Riley. Inside Out 2 parent review, new emotions is Inside Out 2 safe for kids
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Going in, I knew it would be tough to match the original’s humor and heart. While it wasn’t as laugh-out-loud funny to me, there were still plenty of funny moments, new characters, and the movie tackled some deep themes that will resonate with viewers of all ages.

What I loved about ‘Inside Out 2’

Like the first movie, it gets you thinking. So much so that I really want to go see it again to take in some more. The emotional analogies are packed into the movie and I think present in a way that’s tangible enough to use when discussing with your emotions later.

What I didn’t love

Jayda and I were a little confused by some of the emotions. At one point Jayda leaned over to me and said “did she never feel embarrassed before she was a teenager?” Jayda also wasn’t a big fan of some of the teenage stereotypes of how they act/react. However, as a parent of a teen myself I felt like they were spot on, but I can respect that she didn’t want to feel like it was poking fun at her entire age group. Maybe something to think about if you’re watching with your own teen.

Inside Out 2 Age Rating

Parents wondering if Inside Out 2 is okay for kids should know that the movie delves into complex emotions and themes like puberty (though it doesn’t dive in extensively), learning from mistakes, and the importance of emotions working together. It’s a bit more intricate than the first film, which might go over the heads of younger kids but still offers plenty of entertainment value. There’s a good mix of humor for kids and adults. A standout scene involves the girls trying to read each other’s emotions, which was both funny and relatable. The runtime is 1 hour and 36 minutes, but Ty thought it felt longer. I thought it seemed to be a great length to tell the full story. 

Language in Inside Out 2

The language is mild. Words like “jerk,” “moron,” “gosh,” “freak out,” and “oh my goodness” are used. There’s a moment where Joy exlaimed “Jiminy mother-loving toaster strudel” at one point, which is about as strong as it gets.

Is Inside Out 2 Scary for young kids?

There are a few intense moments, such as idea storms that look like tornadoes, characters in peril, and some emotional stress, but nothing overly frightening. Inside Out 2 is  rated PG for some thematic elements.

Is inside out 2 scary for kids? This parent review should help you decide.
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But enough of what I thought, here’s what my kids have to say about Inside Out 2. 

What my kids thought of Inside Out 2

What did you think of the movie?

Jayda: It was good. 

Ty: Pretty good.

Lee Lee: It’s AWESOME! 

So why did you like it?

Jayda: Because I think it was funny like the first one. But also different and had new type stuff. 

Ty: It was interesting.

Lee Lee: Because everyone wanted to take over it, and Sadness and Embarrassment became friends and I liked that part. 

What life lesson did you learn? Or what message Do you think was the movie trying to get across?

Jayda: That no matter what happens, you’re yourself and that’s good. 

Ty: Every emotion has something good. 

Lee Lee: That you don’t take stuff if they say stop. Always be happy. But sometimes you can be sad. 

Who was your favorite ‘Inside Out 2’ character?

Jayda: I liked Sadness, but I liked Joy too. 

Ty: Anger, because he shoulda smashed that guy into pieces. 

Lee Lee: Joy. I mean the cutie girl [Envy].

New emotions in Inside Out 2 including Envy.
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What was the funniest part to you? 

Jayda: When they were doing the eye-reading thing, or the fanny pack guy, or the Deepest Darkest Secret. 

Ty: Oh, there was a lot. I liked when he was like “What do you think?” and he was like “Who are you talking too?” I thought the pre-k guy was funny. 

Lee Lee: When the big guy finally talked.

Who would you recommend this movie to? Friends or others? 

Jayda: People who like Inside Out, teenagers, and not brothers who think that you’re like an angry teen. 

Ty: People who liked the first one. 

Lee Lee: Indi, Elle. 

Do you think it’s for older kids? 

Jayda: I think that it has different jokes for all ages. 

Ty: I’d say it’s for all ages. 

Lee Lee: 7 year olds, 5 year olds, 10 year olds, 11year olds and mommies and daddies. 

Did you think it was scary?

Jayda: Nah. 

Ty: No. No. No. 

Lee Lee: No. 

Would you want to watch it again? 

Jayda: Yea. I feel like it’s a type of movie where you have to watch it twice to let it sink in. 

Ty: Maybe

Lee Lee: Yes. 

How would you rank it compared to Inside Out? 

Jayda: I think I like the first one a little more but it’s hard to judge cause I think I need to watch it more than once. 

Ty: I’d say this is a little better than Inside Out. 

Lee Lee: Inside Out 2.

Joy, Sadness and Anger as well as fear look scared and confused as they first meet Anxiety
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What was your favorite part? 

Jayda: The finale. 

Ty: I don’t have one cause the movie was so long. 

Lee Lee: When Embarrassment talked.  

How many stars would you give it?

Jayda: 3.75

Ty: 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Lee Lee: 10 out of 5. 

Is it worth going to the movies to see it?

Jayda: It depends, I think you could go to see it, but to sink it in it might be better when you have it cause then you can watch it again instead of waiting. 

Ty: If you didn’t like the first one, just watch it at home on Disney+. 

Lee Lee: Pay it at the movie theater. 

Inside Out 2 Discussion Questions

Inside Out 2 introduces Anxiety
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And I decided to add something new to my reviews, especially when a movie is already out, so if you’re seeing this later you can use these as a kickoff conversation point to talk to your kids about Inside Out 2. This is in case you want to go a little deeper than “what did you think?” Here are some suggestions you can use as Inside Out 2 discussion questions. 

Comparing Emotions: Compare how different emotions like Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Anxiety are portrayed in the movie. How do their roles and significance change throughout the film?

Personal Reflection: Reflect on a time when you felt overwhelmed by emotions. How did you handle it, and what did you learn from that experience?

Role of Memory: How do Riley’s memories play a role in shaping her emotions and sense of self? Can you think of a memory that significantly impacted your emotions?

Stress and Coping Mechanisms: How does Riley cope with stress in the movie? What strategies does she use to manage her emotions, and how effective are they?

Social Dynamics: How do Riley’s emotions influence her interactions with friends and family? How do these interactions change as her emotions evolve?

Conflict and Resolution: How do the different emotions within Riley come into conflict, and how do they resolve these conflicts? Can you think of a time when you felt conflicted by different emotions?

Understanding Yourself: What beliefs do you have that make up your “Sense of self”?

Is there an End Credit Scene in ‘Inside Out 2‘?

There’s both a mid credit and a post credit scene in Inside Out 2. Both are shot but funny. So make sure you stick around til the end. 

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Inside Out 2 is now playing in theaters!

When will ‘Inside Out 2’ be on Disney Plus?

No word on when Inside Out 2 will be streaming on Disney+ but it did take awhile for Wish to finally make it to “free” streaming. It was released on Disney+ about a month after digital sales started and several months after it was in theaters.

Overall, Inside Out 2 is a delightful sequel that offers both entertainment and meaningful messages. It’s a thoughtful, engaging film that’s a great option for a family outing. Whether your kids are young or teens themselves, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and talk about. Hopefully this Inside Out 2 Parent review was helpful for you!

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