Every so often, a movie comes along that changes the world. It becomes the subject of every entertainment article, every social media post, and almost every meme. Some people find a deeper meaning behind the film; it could change their outlook on life, or it could inspire someone to do something great. Many great films recently have met that description, and I’ve enjoyed watching all of those. However, with all the excellent movies currently in theaters, one film could very well be the complete and exact opposite of those films.


Despite the star power of “The Emoji Movie,” with big names such as TJ Miller, Sofia Vergara, James Corden and the orginal Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart, the movie bombed critically. The movie currently holds an 8% according to Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics comparing it to a ‘second rate version of Pixar’s “Inside Out.”


Yet, maybe there’s a demographic intended to view “The Emoji Movie” that aren’t critics. That demographic, just like the demographic for “Inside Out” is young children just learning what emotions themselves are and how to properly feel them. Pixar’s “Inside Out” focused heavily on emotions by anthropomorphizing emotions in the brain, and while “The Emoji Movie” used emoticons instead of feelings, they both shared a similar message for children and properly learning about emotions.


Since I’m childless and had no desire to see “The Emoji Movie,” I spoke with someone who saw the film with her awesome husband and two  wonderful children. By that, I mean I spoke with my sister, Adriel Resh, a recent viewer of “The Emoji Movie” in an attempt to find a deeper meaning behind the movie. Being in the demographic the producers intended for, the mother of young children, her input and opinions would be valuable.


“It was definitely a very good little kid movie. I don’t think teenagers would like it.” Resh told me, “It was funny, it had cute jokes and it was appropriate. The cast was great, too. Patrick Stewart is The Poo Emoji and that’s really hilarious.”


Since we shared a father who raised us on X-Men, the fact that The Poo Emoji and the brilliant Professor X were played by the same man added hilarity to that for her.


“John (her husband) really liked all the tech jokes thrown in, too.” she told me.


When speaking previously about “The Emoji Movie,” Resh said that she felt that the film could assist with emotional development in children.



“All of the emojis have different faces, and kids recognize cartoon emotion a lot better than people emotion. They would more understand things that are overly expressive than regular human being faces. Kids are able to recognize, ‘oh, that’s the happy emoji’ or ‘that’s the sad emoji.’” she explained. “Or if there was a heart next to the emoji. They would recognize that.”


“The other thing I liked about it,” she continued, “the hacker in it, her name was Jailbreak. It had the whole “girls in tech” theme and shows girls that they can do this cool computer stuff. She (Jailbreak) was also the leader and she said that, ‘when I came on the scene, you could only be a princess or a dancer, but I wanted to do something more.’ So, she became a tech hacker kind of thing and she’s been hidden in the phone. I thought it was cool because of the feminist undertones.”


Resh then addressed the harsh critics of the movie who panned it universally.


“C’mon! It’s a movie about things on a phone. What did you expect? It’s not going to be a Pixar movie. It’s a cute movie, anyway. We’ll probably buy it when it comes out. It was cute, nonviolent, and fun.”


Resh soon had to the call right after but reaffirmed her enjoyment of the movie, the feminist themes about empowering the young ladies who watch to accomplish the impossible, the emojis assisting in recognizing emotions for children, and her personal favorite, James Corden as Hi-5.


Did you see “The Emoji Movie and what were your thoughts? Did you find another deeper meaning to it? Hit me up on Twitter at @CaptainKasoff to discuss it further.