As we get into the heat of summer, we take a quick break from the blockbuster fare and dial it down a bit on the screen with a mix of family-friendly animation and a nice dose of indie coming-of age story. This week we get Inside Out with some Dope.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Inside Out
Rotten Watch Prediction
It’s strange to think of a cadre of folks running around inside your head controlling every little emotion, response, action and peccadillo you have throughout the course of your life. If nothing else, it would be nice to levy a little blame out there when my emotions get the best of me. Like when I’m yelling at someone about forgetting the extra cheese on my burger, I can just blame someone else. It was Carl up in my cranium who controls my ability to deal with less-than-receptive service industry folks. Or, you know, really anything under the sun. I have a lot of blame to pass around.

See what our personified emotions look like in the trailer for Inside Out below:
In many ways, the folks at Pixar are making coming of age dramas for kids here (and adults thinking back to childhood). their ability to put an almost exact finger on what it means to grow up is uncanny. They did it with the Toy Story franchise in a case study on family, friendships and love, and just when I thought Pixar was running out of stories to discover, they do this: what appears to be another masterpiece in the canon. A story about a girl whose emotions become lost in the vastness of our brains, these little beings living inside her head and heart controlling how she experiences the world. It appears to be a story about how we cope with life in its most basic elements, and how our emotions interact and struggle. It’s how we grow up and deal. Basically, this looks like why we make movies.

Pixar’s certainly no stranger to critical acclaim, having done it before with the aforementioned Toy Story franchise and other titles like WALL-E (96%), Up (98%) and Finding Nemo (99%). They understand the intricacies of what it means to be a kid. And it looks as though they’ve done it again. I’m going 100% because judging by early reviews, I don’t want anyone to hate this movie. I want to live in a world where flicks like this exist and are purely celebrated. And if emotions live inside the heads these critics, then I hope they experience the joy that the movie is bringing people already.

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