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The Emoji Movie
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What was anyone thinking? Of course an Emoji movie directed by Tony Leondis was gonna be bad!
Genre: Comedy
Sci-fi
Animated
Adventure
Directed By: Tony Leondis
Produced By: Michelle Raimo Kouyate
Written By: Tony Leondis
Eric Siegel
Based On: Emojis
Starring: T. J. Miller
James Corden
Anna Faris
Maya Rudolph
Steven Wright
Jennifer Coolidge
Christina Aguilera
Sofía Vergara
Sean Hayes
Patrick Stewart
Distributed By: Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Date: July 23, 2017 (Regency Village Theatre)
July 28, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 86 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $50 million
Box Office: $217.8 million

The Emoji Movie (originally titled Emojimovie: Express Yourself) is a 3D computer-animated science-fiction comedy film that is directed by Tony Leondis, and written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White based on the emoji faces, smileys and graphics used in electronic messages. It includes the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara, Sean Hayes and Patrick Stewart. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, the film was released on July 28, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.

Plot

The plot focuses on Gene, an exuberant emoji who has more than one facial expression, which is insanely rare in the emoji world. Gene is supposed to be a “meh” emoji, but is unsure of what to do with his various other expressions. Gene then enlists the help of his best buddy Hi-5, and the former princess turned code breaker emoji, Jailbreak. They travel through various apps on the phone they inhabit, such as Candy Crush and Just Dance. But when a danger hits the phone caused by the villainous emoji Smiley (a smiling face emoji, if that isn’t obvious enough), it is up to the unlikely trio to save their world before it is permanently erased.

Why It Sucks

Warning: Do not insert any points among the lines of "it's a rip-off of Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie and Inside Out" in this section.

  1. The idea of having a movie based on emojis is an incredibly lazy concept.
    • In addition, this concept could have worked out if released earlier when emojis were still relevant, but by 2017, no one was using them.
  2. The sole purpose of the movie is to advertise smartphones and phone apps, made obvious by the blalant and shameless product placement for phone apps, such as the inclusions of music service "Spotify" and streaming service "Crackle" as well as "Facebook", "Twitter", "Candy Crush", "YouTube", "Instagram and "Just Dance Now" in the film. It's also a very shameless cash-grab trying to leech off of the smartphone pop culture (except the writers knew nothing about smartphone pop culture).
  3. Very poorly written and very unfunny jokes, that often take forever to finish.
  4. In a severe miscasting, Patrick Stewart voices the poop emoji. Apparently Stewart himself said that his casting was meant to be a joke.
  5. Very predictable and a formulaic plot that is based on over-done ideas, already seen many times in other animated movies, about a misunderstood character in search for a way to please others at first, but eventually accepts himself/herself for who he/she is. Other examples are: a very cliched and never explained plot twist consisting on Gene's dad having the same problem as his son that feels very rushed and quickly made in order to make audiences understand why Gene has the problem; the fact that Jailbreak formerly was a princess and an "every character dances" ending.
  6. Jailbreak is a rip-off of Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie, personality and design-wise. She's also a rip-off of Olivia “Sombra” Colomar from Overwatch because she has a skull similar to Sombra's Calavera symbol on her beanie, both characters have purple hair and are notorious hackers, which makes Jailbreak a double rip-off.
  7. Smiler is a very predictable, generic, and lame villain, and her design has an uncanny valley feel to it, mainly because she always smiles no matter what. However, she is the best part of this movie, as mentioned below.
  8. Very awful innuendos, such as the elephant and dashing away emoji scene (made to represent that the elephant is farting).
  9. The film has flat characterization. All the characters have this flaw, especially Gene's parents who mistreat him for not being a Meh emoji.
  10. Inappropriate moments for a movie for kids: there are a couple of scenes in which a character nearly utters the word "sh*t".
  11. Aggressively childish writing.
  12. False Advertising: Despite the heavy marketing of the aforementioned Poop Emoji on posters and in the trailers, this character, voiced by Patrick Stewart, only gets a few lines and doesn't even have an important role in the movie whatsoever.
  13. Speaking of the marketing, there was a promotional image for the film on Twitter which spoofed Hulu's series The Handmaid's Tale. In the image, Smiler was depicted as being the series' main character Offred. Because of the themes of the aformentioned series, and and the seemingly blatant misunderstanding of them, the image sparked controversy of the film's marketing, resulting in the tweet to be deleted. Even though the tweet was deleted, the damage was already done due to bad marketing.
  14. The movie forgets completely about Hi-5's subplot and focuses only on Gene.
  15. Nonsensical characterization: every single character seems to express other emotions than the one that they have to do when they are used on the phone, almost making the entire plot pointless.
  16. The humans' story was barely even touched upon throughout the whole movie, essentially wasting a sub-plot that only comes off as a redundant afterthought.
  17. The movie portrays the teens as phone addicts that can't communicate with each other except by text messages, clearly depicting the problem of teenagers spending all day long glued to their phones, but instead of criticizing this problem, it encourages it.
  18. Gene, the main protagonist is incredibly unlikable.
  19. The writers did a very awful job representing the characters' roles in the movie. Smiler is depicted as the villain even though all she wanted to do was to protect the Emojis world while Gene, despite being the protagonist, was the one really responsible for all the troubles that happened in the movie, he even caused the death of many characters such as the trolls and the Just Dance girl and almost caused the entire phone to almost have its data deleted. Basically, the movie tries to force viewers to like the protagonist and to despise the villain without giving the usual proper characterization to them as a reason to do this.
  20. The movie clearly knows nothing about phones (And this comes from a studio whose owner is better known for their technology). For example: the climax where the phone is getting deleted, and a lot of apps get deleted, but when Alex unplugs the phone, all the apps get restored.
  21. Many plotholes; how can you get to the phone from Dropbox via Twitter?
  22. The pacing is atrocious.
  23. Just like Foodfight!, the movie makes a reference to Casablanca, and there's no way kids would get it.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Like other Sony Pictures Animation films, the animation is admittedly nice to look at.
  2. Passable character designs for most of the characters.
  3. Excellent soundtrack for the film, as well as the song "Good Vibrations", which was performed by Ricky Reed for this movie.
  4. A few good jokes that actually worked:
    1. The old-school emoticons such as ":)" are elders.
    2. The scene where the Just Dance girl is dancing in the garbage, wondering why she keeps dancing while crying.
    3. There is an amusing moment with the Columbia Pictures logo with an Emoji.
  5. In relation to WIS#7, Smiler, she is the best part of the entire movie. Even if you hated her for being the villain, her intentions and motivations are understandable and were defined better than the ones from the protagonists, making her a very well defined character overall and a sympathetic villain in particular. Everything she did was to stop Gene from destroying the Emojis world, she wanted to delete him in order to protect the phone and it's data from getting deleted.
  6. Decent voice acting, despite talents being wasted.

Reception

After the teaser trailer came out, it was universally panned by audiences and the film itself was near-universal disdain by critics and audiences alike, calling it one of the worst animated movies and the worst movie of 2017.

It was at one point the lowest-rated animated film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 0% rating (it has since been changed to 7%) and the site's critical consensus displays a no symbol emoji ("🚫"). It has a 3.2/10 on IMDb and a 12/100 on Metacritic.

Box Office

The Emoji Movie opened at #2 on its opening weekend grossing $24,531,923 domestically. The film would later make a total domestic gross of $86,089,513. In foreign countries, the film made $131,687,133. Overall, the film grossed $217,776,646 worldwide against its $50 million budget. Making it a box office hit, despite being panned by critics and viewers.

Awards and nominations

The movie won four Razzie Awards: Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony. Making it the 1st animated film to take home Worst Picture in Razzie history and with the most Razzies.

Trivia

  • Jordan Peele was asked to voice the Poop emoji. He refused, and he's cited this offer as the reason he decided to start a directorial career.
  • Ilana Glazer was originally cast for the role of Jailbreak, but for unknown reasons, she was replaced by Anna Faris, who previously voiced Sam Sparks in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films.

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Comments


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Tarbiz

8 months ago
Score 4
Gene being the protagonist is nonsensical hell since Smiler could be fitting for a protagonist while GENE SHOULD BE THE ANTAGONIST.
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Mickey Mouse

8 months ago
Score 14
Lol this made me wanna make an alternate version of this film where the roles are inverted (just like you say)
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Nihirichan

8 months ago
Score 4
I have a nitpick to make: "What kind of kid plays Candy Crush, and how do they have so many apps in their phone? Wouldn't that phone run out of space and as a result become slower?"
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Lsw1002

6 months ago
Score 1
Probably the studio not taking that into account, or just not knowing that in general.
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Kesner

one month ago
Score 0
"What kind of kid plays Candy Crush?" Lol
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Marvelrules

7 months ago
Score -10
This shouldnt be here.
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Matthew The Guy

7 months ago
Score 2
Uhm...why?
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Blossom.Alyssa

5 months ago
Score 0
2 months later... still isn't answered! This comment was pointless.
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NoUsername

2 months ago
Score 0
And now 5 years
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 5
I give this the 🖕 emoji
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
Score 2
At times i think about this movie and i gotta say, who thought this was a good idea, who came up with this, why didn't anyone during production said :this is stupid.
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MeMeGuY

6 months ago
Score 6
At least it's better than Norm of the North.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 0
I see it the other way around.
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ItMeansNothing

5 months ago
Score 1
The problem with this movie is not because the idea is incredibly stupid and it's cringy, which it is, but because nothing really interesting goes on. It's all stuff you've seen before!
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Gabby3399

5 months ago
Score 0
When there was trailers of emoji movie I first was excited for Emoji Movie coming out after watching it on DVD I hated it and I regret being excited for the emoji movie I did not know it was going to be bad after it was released in theaters I haven´t checked on the rating on Emoji Movie. My Mom & my friend Riley who is 2 years younger than me hates this movie. I asked my mom if she likes the Emoji Movie and she said no & Riley asked her her least favorite movie it was the Emoji Movie she didn´t like it since it was weird. But my little brother likes the Emoji Movie.
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RyMann37

5 months ago
Score 0
I prefer the underrated Eight Crazy Nights over this pile of filth!
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KamafaDelgato021469

5 months ago
Score 0
Columbia should have gotten permission from Unicode (a non-profit that owns the character set used on most modern devices, including emoji) to make this.
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Stomps

3 months ago
Score -8
At least PVZ Wasn't in the film as an App
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Tarbiz

3 months ago
Score 1
Irrelevant crap
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LancedSoul

one day 23 hours 20 minutes ago
Score 0
Bullshit.
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Botbuster

3 months ago
Score 0
The Good Vibrations song reminds me of Cursed Emojis and Vibe Checks.
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Footsies

3 months ago
Score 0
💩
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I Said A Hip Hop

2 months ago
Score 0

Mike White was a writer for this film.


THE WRITER OF SCHOOL OF ROCK.
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Theblazemaster4

2 months ago
Score 4

Someone literally once added this to GMW. Here's the text before it got deleted

Why it Rocks

  1. Great concept
  2. Acting is great
  3. Decent product placement
  4. Nice animation
  5. Good Music
  6. Better than FrozenGMW (added the template here, and no, it, nor this text was a part of the page.
  7. Funny

The ONLY Bad Quality

  1. Cliche romance plot USED TWICE


Fuckin shit page if you ask me
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EijiZeBoi

one month ago
Score 6

The only emoji this movie needed















🖕
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 0
LOL
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Mr. Dready

21 days ago
Score 0
XD
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 4
The definitive film in which Hollywood ran out of ideas.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 0
Yeah
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LancedSoul

one month ago
Score 0

Here some 2 more reasons Why It Sucks that haven’t been added.

19. The movie is a ripoff of Wreck-It Ralph, The LEGO Movie, and Inside Out and even they steal elements, not to mention, it is also ripoff of Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is also Sony Pictures Animation Movie and even released a few months before The Emoji Movie.

20. Gene is unlikeable character.

That’s all.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 0
At least 20 was reasonable but 19 I've heard too much. Sure, moving across arcade games is like exploring different apps, and the plot feels like Inside Out, but it's not
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 0
You may now edit this page, but please, I do NOT want to see any, Traffic-edits.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 0
still better than Foodfight!
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

27 days ago
Score -6
Still far better than Peppa Pig.
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Mr. Dready

21 days ago
Score 2
Disagreed.
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Theblazemaster4

7 days ago
Score -2
Makes you look like a toxic baby show hater.
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Trevor807

7 days ago
Score 2
At least Peppa Pig doesn't cancel out its own morals, even if they're rancid.
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VictorTheMemer2019

7 days ago
Score 1
Guess what? It's his opinion, even though it's unpopular.
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

17 hours 58 minutes ago
Score 0
Bro I don't toxicly hate baby shows. I'm neutral to most of them, I just consider Peppa Pig my least fav because I had to watch that shit so I could understand why every other damn kid at my high school loved it, and I hated it for valid reasons. Ok, I'm sorry what I said gave off a bad vibe. Maybe this comment and the replies (including this reply) should just be deleted and hidden. Sorry for giving the wrong vibes.
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Disintegrated.to.pieces

13 hours 46 minutes ago
Score 0
@VictorTheMemer2019 Thanks. And to everyone else I'm not a toxic baby show hater, I don't care for those shows, and respect my opinion, as I can respect all yours.
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GOJIRA

22 days ago
Score 0
when I saw the emoji movie on youtube it so bad it not even good
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Pacsonic9000

20 days ago
Score 2
My mom and sister defends this movie by saying it's made for kids. There are other movies made for kids that are good.
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Theblazemaster4

19 days ago
Score 0
Yup.
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Kesner

19 days ago
Score 0
And aren't filled to the brim with ads and attempts to be hip with the kids.
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Tallryie

9 days ago
Score 1
One emoji that BEST describes this movie:🖕
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HellLord

8 days ago
Score 0
Oh hi there
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HellLord

6 days ago
Score 0
Nooooooooooooo!!!!, he died!!!!!
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RaymesisEvil

3 days ago
Score 0
I liked the movie, because it has bad reviews, but I really liked it (I'm not kidding)
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Theblazemaster4

3 days ago
Score 2
That's fine. There were some good things such as the animation and the voice acting, but overall, your reasons to like it are valid. Also your wording makes you look like you like it because it was universally panned
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LancedSoul

one day 23 hours one minute ago
Score 2
"💩 HAPPENS" They said it not me!

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