We’ve all heard about the perils of smartphones. They’re distracting, addictive and massive time-wasters. But no one has warned us about the dangers within smartphones.
Enter The Emoji Movie (PG), which posits a busy digital city within your phone called Textopolis that’s populated by living, breathing emojis – those colorful icons used by the younger generation in place of words.
There’s Smiler, the emoji you type when you’re happy, and Hi-5, the one you choose when you’re excited. And on those blah days you want to say “not impressed,” there’s Gene, the “meh” emoji.
Together, they live within the phone of Alex, a high school student who is trying to get the attention a girl named Addie.
Then one day, disaster strikes. Addie sends a text to Alex, who wants to reply with a “meh” – Gene’s emoji. That’s a problem, because unlike Smiler (who’s always smiling) and Hi-5 (who’s always excited), Gene has multiple emotions. He’s sometimes sad, sometimes happy, sometimes giddy. But feelings of “meh”? It’s rare.
Unable to provide Alex a “meh,” Gene panics and delivers a deformed-looking emoji, embarrassing his owner.
Threatened by city officials with deletion, Gene flees Textopolis in search of a hacker who can fix his problem. And Alex? He soon schedules an appointment to have his smartphone’s memory erased – an action that would destroy everyone in Textopolis.
Can Gene do anything to save the day?
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