(2017) (voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Comedy: A multi-expressional emoji who's been targeted for deletion embarks on a journey to become a normal emoji and finds his true self.
- Inside the cell phone of a teenage boy named Alex (voice of JAKE T. AUSTIN) exists Textopolis, a society populated by walking, talking emojis who live to be scanned and placed in Alex's texts, e-mails, and other communications. Most emojis have a single emotion and purpose, but not Gene (voice of T.J. MILLER). He was born to Mel Meh (voice of STEVEN WRIGHT) and Mary Meh (voice of JENNIFER COOLIDGE), but he is far from being a humdrum, monotone "Meh." He can summon multiple emotions.
He is soon branded a malfunction and a pariah by the leader of Textopolis, Smiler (voice of MAYA RUDOLPH), who orders him to be hunted down and permanently deleted by her killer robots. Gene decides to run away with the Hi-5 emoji (voice of JAMES CORDEN), who Alex no longer uses in any of his texts or e-mails. They seek to find a hacker named Jailbreak (voice of ANNA FARIS) who is hiding somewhere on Alex's wallpaper filled with icons representing various apps.
Meanwhile, Alex tries to impress his dream girl at school, Addie (voice of TATI GABRIELLE), but his "defective" cell phone keeps getting in the way. It plays songs at weird times and activates old apps like Just Dance and Candy Crush when he doesn't want them. He decides he's going to take his phone to the store in the mall after school and wipe it clean, setting up a ticking clock for Textopolis' possible destruction.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Teens may be attracted to its action, PG rating, and appealing voice cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For rude humor.
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