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 Gardner: [voice over] What would you want to be known for on earth?
Joe Gardner: [voice over] 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.
[to Joe at the he was auditioning at]
Dorothea: Back here tonight, first show is at seven?
[as he leaves the club]
Joe Gardner: Yes! Woo-hoo!
[to the passerby; referring to the club sign]
Joe Gardner: You know what this is going to say? “Joe Gardner!”
[on the phone as he’s walking away from the club]
Joe Gardner: 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 Gardner: 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 Gardner: What the…? Hello?
Joe Gardner: What is this place?
Granny Soul: What’s your name, honey?
Joe Gardner: I’m Joe! I teach middle school band.
Joe Gardner: 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 Gardner: [panicking] Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness! Help! I’m not done! Oh, my goodness!
Joe Gardner: Is this heaven?
Soul #1: No. It’s the Great Before. This is where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they got 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!
Joe Gardner: Uh…
22: Okay, look, I already know everything about Earth, and I don’t want anything to do with it.
Joe Gardner: You’re missing out on the joys of life. Like, uh, pizza!
[he sniffs the slice of pizza in his hand]
Joe Gardner: I can’t smell!
[he pops the slice of pizza in his mouth]
Joe Gardner: We can’t…
[the slice of pizza just pops out of him]
Joe Gardner: We can’t taste either?
22: All that stuff is in your body.
Joe Gardner: No smell! No taste!
22: Or touch.
[she slaps him across the face]
[she continues to slap his face]
Joe Gardner: Okay. I get it!
Joe Gardner: So what do you want to be remembered for?
22: Probably for doing this funny cowboy dance.
[she starts doing the dance]
Joe Gardner: Great.
Joe Gardner: Wow! It’s my life.
22: Is all this living really worth dying for?
22: You’re still alive?
Joe Gardner: Can you help me get back?
22: No way!
[as he sees his body lying unconscious in a hospital bed]
Joe Gardner: There I am! What are we waiting for?
[Joe pushes them through a portal]
22: No, no! Wait! Not me!
Soul #2: Hm, that’s weird.
Counselor Soul: What is it?
Soul #2: 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!
Counselor Soul: Huh.
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