Starring: T. J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Animated comedy directed and co-written by Tony Leondi. The Emoji Movie (2017) unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene (T.J. Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden), and the notorious code breaker emoji, Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.
Alex: Look who just sent me a text.
Alex’s Friend: Addy McAlister?
Alex: What should I say?
Alex’s Friend: Just play it cool.
[he pulls out his phone to text]
Alex: I got to reply to Addy’s text. What should I do?
Alex’s Friend: Be chill.
Alex’s Friend: Send her an emoji.
Alex: Okay, be cool.
Gene: Welcome to the world inside your phone where everyone is expected to act one way their whole life. That’s all we have to do.
Gene: Welcome to the secret world inside your phone where emojis like me work and live. Here each of us done one thing and we have to nail it every time.
Gene: My name is Gene and I’m supposed to be a Meh. You know, like, “Meh, who cares.” But my problem is I have more than one emotion. I have so much more.
Mel Meh: [to Gene] Son, please tell me you weren’t just laughing right now.
Mel Meh: What if you get sent out on the phone making the wrong face?
Gene: Dad, I’ll make the right face, and then I would finally fit in.
Mary Meh: [as Gene’s is trying to make the “Meh” face] Sweetie, you’re so handsome when you make that face. I think he’s ready now.
Mel Meh: Meh.
Poop: Okay, son, what do we do after we go potty?
Poop’s Son: Should we wash our hands? What should we do?
Poop: We’re number two!
Gene: [referring to the human boy] That’s our user, Alex.
Phone: We have an incoming text. We are go for “Meh”.
Gene: Who me?
Bomb Emoji: What’s he doing?
Dizzy Face: He’s making the wrong face!
Addy: [as Gene splatters face first into the text screen making a weird expression] What the heck? What is that?
Alex: I’ve got to get this phone fixed.
Phone: This has never happened before, and now Alex has made an appointment to wipeout his phone.
Smiley: If Alex deletes the phone our whole world gets wiped out.
Gene: I’m not going to run away from this. I made a mistake, but I’m going to fix it.
Hi-5: Welcome to the loser lounge where the emojis who never get used hang out.
Eggplant: What’s up Hi-5?
Hi-5: My friend Gene here has a little problem.
Jailbreak: [as Gene starts changing his eyes to different emotions] Cool. How are you doing that?
Gene: It’s just something I can do. Can you help us?
Gene: I’m an emoji, I’ve got to have some sort of purpose here.
Jailbreak: I’m going to help you. Follow me. We need to get off the phone and find the source code.
Gene: Then I can fit in.
Jailbreak: I think we can make things right. You just have to go to a place where no emoji has gone before.
Gene: The Cloud?
Jailbreak: I know some shortcuts through some apps.
Hi-5: But no one’s ever left our city, and they’ll send bots after us!
Jailbreak: First we have to get through this firewall. What’s Alex’s girlfriend’s name again?
Hi-5: It was Tina.
Phone: Access Denied.
Hi-5: [a fire shoots up from the ground under Gene] Karen.
Hi-5: [another fire shoots up under Gene] Sarah.
Hi-5: [another fire shoots up under Gene] I want to say Lupita, but that doesn’t feel right now that I’m saying it out loud.
Jailbreak: [to Gene] I think you’re pretty cool just the way you are.
Smiler: Nobody leaves the phone! Delete them!
Gene: My feelings are huge. Maybe I’m meant to have more than just one emotion. I have so much more.
Gene: What is this place?
Hi-5: The greatest place ever.
Candy Crush Voice: Candy Crush.
Hi-5: [after being stuck in the Candy Crush game] Oh, I’m never eating another piece of candy ever again.
Gene: [as Hi-5 throws up one candy] Hi-5, don’t do it. Don’t you do it. It’s already been in there once.
[Hi-5 shoves the candy he just threw up back in his mouth]
Jailbreak: We’ve got to distract the bots.
Hi-5: I’ve got an idea!
[he uses the YouTube app to show a video cute cat to distract the bots]
Jailbreak: We’re running out of time before the phone gets wiped. We need to get the master password.
Phone: Access denied.
Jailbreak: This might take a while.
Gene: Wait. What…
Phone: Access denied.
Akiko Glitter: Just dance.
Jailbreak: We’re going to have to dance our way out.
Gene: Everybody can dance.
Jailbreak: [tries to dance] See.
Ice Cream: So I told management, “I can’t work like this. These lights! I’m melting in here!” This is such a load of…
Poop: [as Ice Cream looks over to the poo emoji, who’s in the nearby cell] No, go ahead. Finish that sentence.