Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
Disney-Pixar animated fantasy comedy directed and co-written by Pete Docter. The story follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle school music teacher, who has dreamed of performing jazz music onstage, and finally gets a chance after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club. However, an accident causes Gardner’s soul to be separated from his body and transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Gardner must work with souls in training, such as 22 (Tina Fey), a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the You Seminar, in order to return to Earth before it’s too late.
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We’ll add the best quotes once we’ve had a chance to watch the movie, but for now here’s a small selection.
Joe: Music is all I think about. From the moment I wake up in the morning. To the moment I fall asleep at night. I was born to play. It’s my reason for living.
Joe: Music moves people. I’m Joe. I teach middle school band. Music is life. You just need to know where to look.
Joe: What would you want to be known for on earth?
Joe: We only have a short time on this planet. You want to become the person that you were born to be. Don’t waste your time on all the junk of life. Spend your precious hours doing what will bring out the real you. The brilliant passionate you, that’s ready to contribute to something meaningful into this world.
Joe: Get ready. Your life is about to start.
[to Joe at the he was auditioning at]
Dorothea: Back here tonight, first show is at seven?
[as he leaves the club]
Joe: Yes! Woo-hoo!
[to the passerby; referring to the club sign]
Joe: You know what this is going to say? “Joe Gardner!”
[on the phone as he’s walking away from the club]
Joe: I did it! I got the gig! I really need a haircut today, man. Can you fit me in?
[a dark barks at him as he’s about to cross the street]
Joe: Woh! Woh, sorry.
[to get away from the dog, he ends up in the middle of the street and accidentally falls into an open manhole, after which his soul gets separated from his body]
Joe: What the…? Hello?
Joe: What is this place?
Granny Soul: What’s your name, honey?
Joe: I’m Joe! I teach middle school band.
Joe: Today started out as the best day of my life.
Granny Soul: Must have been sudden for you.
[as the souls are lining up and walking towards the afterlife]
Joe: [panicking] Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness! Help! I’m not done! Oh, my goodness!
Terry: Hm, that’s weird.
Counselor Soul: What is it?
Terry: One hundred and fifty-one thousand souls are go into the Great Beyond everyday, and I count every single one of them. The count’s off! There’s a soul missing.
Counselor Soul: Huh.
Joe: Is this Heaven?
Joe: Is it H-E-“double hockey sticks”?
[some young souls pop up]
Young Souls: Hell? Hell? Hell?
Jerry: Quiet, coyotes!
Jerry: No. It’s the Great Before. This is where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests, before they go to Earth.
Counselor Soul: Meet 22.
22: I don’t want to go to Earth!
Counselor Soul: Stop fighting this!
22: I don’t want to!
22: Here we are.
Joe: What was that?! Wait!
22: Don’t worry. You can’t crush a soul here. That’s what life on earth is for.
22: Okay, look, I already know everything about Earth, and I don’t want anything to do with it.
Joe: You’re missing out on the joys of life. Like, uh, pizza!
[he sniffs the slice of pizza in his hand]
Joe: I can’t smell!
[he pops the slice of pizza in his mouth]
Joe: We can’t…
[the slice of pizza just pops out of him]
Joe: We can’t taste either?
22: All that stuff is in your body.
Joe: No smell! No taste!
22: Or touch.
[she slaps him across the face]
[she continues to slap his face]
Joe: Okay. I get it!
Joe: So what do you want to be remembered for?
22: Probably for doing this funny cowboy dance.
[she starts doing the dance]
Joe: Wow! It’s my life.
22: Is all this living really worth dying for?
22: You’re still alive?
Joe: Can you help me get back?
22: No way!
[as he sees his body lying unconscious in a hospital bed]
Joe: There I am! What are we waiting for?
[Joe pushes them through a portal]
22: No, no! Wait! Not me!
Jerry #2: This won’t be a disaster. That’s for sure.
Terry: You’re out there somewhere, little soul. And I’m going to find you.
Joe: Life is full of possibilities. You just need to know where to look. Don’t miss out on the joys of life.
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