Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy young kid. She lives in the midwest, enjoys playing hockey on a frozen lake, has lots of friends, and goofs around with her (unnamed) mom and dad (Diane Lane, Kyle MacLackhan).
We also get to see what's inside Riley's head as well. Her brain is run by five emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), the de facto leader and perpetually optimistic and chatty; Sadness (Phyllis Smith), a sad sack who sees the negative in everything; Anger (Lewis Black) a literal hothead whose easily riled up; Fear (Bill Hader), a perpetual worrier; and Disgust (Mildy Kaling), the part of her mind who dislikes things and also critiques fashion. They take turns operating a control panel that determines Riley's actions, create memories (glasslike orbs the color of the dominant emotion at the time), and at the end of the day the memories get dumped into long-term memory. There are also core memories: a few special memories that power Riley's "Islands of Personality," such as Goofball Island and Family Island. Everything seems perfect and, as Joy cluelessly wonders, "What could possibly go wrong?
Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch