Thursday, 23 June 2016

Inside Out - an emotional Family Movie - now showing on NOW TV Movies.

I've spent 22 years raising children and I've always particularly loved movie night. Movies tell a whole story. They draw you into a fantasy world and your children can experience events and emotions in a secure and limited way, where you know it'll mostly all turn out okay in the end.


A NOW TV Movie Pass gives you access to 1000 movies at any time you choose. You can even take a look and have a 14 day free trial at the moment. There is something for everyone, including some of the latest blockbusters, and one of the newest films to hit their list is the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar animated tale, Inside Out.

Inside Out is different to the majority of children's films. It does turn out okay in the end, but the journey you travel through the story shows children how the different emotions affect the inner person, and what happens outwardly when our emotions take over. It's actually a very mature theme, and not one you'd usually find in a children's film.

Sadness and Fear
In Inside Out a young girl, Riley, moves house, and is not happy with the change. She has five very sweet and friendly emotions inside her 'Headquarters' (her head). They are Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness, and it is their job to try and get her back into balance, but it is all too easy for one to push the others aside.

As Riley becomes more sad and angry, she sees the world in a different way, and her happy memories begin to disappear. Sadness has done it's damage, and along with Joy accidentally ends up far away from the headquarters and unable to affect Riley's emotions.

Without her most important emotion, Joy, Riley's entire outlook on life is different, and she experiences depression, the gloom overtaking everything else.


Depression is such a hard thing to explain, even to an adult, but I feel that Inside Out covers it very well. Riley can't control how she feels, she can't make it better or pull herself together, she just has to get through it. It's quite hard to watch in certain points without sobbing because it's so spot on.

You find yourself on the edge of your seat desperately hoping that Joy can save the day as she teams up with Sadness to try to get back to headquarters and restore some order to Riley's emotions. Joy and Sadness encounter an old memory of Riley's, her imaginary friend, Bing Bong.

Bing Bong, Joy and Sadness race through Riley's memories and imagination to get back. They find 'Forgetters' who are clearing out old memories Riley no longer needs. The Forgetters are hilarious, and it's easy to imagine there is someone up there randomly making us forget important things and reminding us of annoying TV adverts on a regular basis!

Back at the headquarters Fear, Anger and Disgust really have no hope of controlling Riley's emotions in any good way. Anger ends up taking over despite his own best efforts not to. Riley runs away and her world really does begin to crumble.

After a few adventures both Joy and Sadness manage to get back to the HQ, where they have to work together in order to restore balance.


I won't give away any more, but it's a great film, and I recommend you to watch it with your children. It may be entirely fictional and animated, but it'll help them understand some of the turmoil that goes on inside their heads far more easily than I could ever explain as a parent.

Inside Out is only one of the recent family films available on NOW TV Movies.  Currently you can also watch The Ninja Turtles, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron or Jurassic world. Alongside you can search through Comedy or Disney movies, or the specially dedicated Family section, with Home, Ice Age or Night At The Museum, Spongebob, Harry Potter and Big Hero 6 all waiting to be seen.

As well as 1000 movies (with up to 30 new movies added each month), you also get access to 11 Live Sky Movies channels.....you really can't watch any more movies in a month however hard you try.

A NOW TV Movies Pass costs £9.99 per month, and you can pay monthly with no ongoing contract. At the moment there is a 14 day free trial, so you can have a good look around and see what great value it is before committing to paying a single penny.


My boys were sent their Disney Inside Out push toys as a thank you for helping me write this post. I am a NOW TV affiliate, which means if you click on my links and sign up, and then choose to pay after your free trial, I would get a few pounds, but you won't pay a penny extra.

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