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The Emoji Movie (2017)

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Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene (voice)
Hi-5 (voice)
Jailbreak (voice)
Smiler (voice)
Mel Meh (voice)
Mary Meh (voice)
Poop (voice)
Akiko Glitter (voice)
Flamenca (voice)
Spam (voice)
'Devil' Steven (voice)
Alex (voice)
Addie (voice)
Jude Kouyate ...
Poop Jr. 'PJ' (voice)
Internet Troll (voice)


The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emoji  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,531,923 (USA) (30 July 2017)


$71,858,380 (USA) (20 August 2017)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


T.J. Miller's fifth animated film, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014), and Hell and Back (2015). See more »


Emojis are not removed when a phone is wiped, as they come standard on every phone. They should be in no danger whatsoever of being deleted. See more »


Gene: Where am I?
Narrator: [right in front of class] Candy Crush: Divine, sweet, tasty... Delicious...
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene after the closing credits: Smiler is stuck in the loser lounge, wearing braces and losing a game of cards. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Song of the South (2017) See more »


We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by Dee Snider (as Daniel Dee Snider)
Performed by Twisted Sister
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A Masterpiece of Cinema! The Greatest Film of All Time!
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Have you ever met someone and knew right away that they were the best thing that's ever happened to you? It feels strange because you've lived your entire life without even knowing they existed, but you wonder how you survived for this long without them in your life. I can honestly say that I've just felt true love for the first, and probably last, time in my life. For the longest time, you've listened to songs singing about love and romance, but you were never able to relate to them. All of the sudden, you are able to connect with nearly every single word you hear on an emotional level. You think about them literally all the time and can't imagine a future without them. It's funny how the tiniest chance encounter can have such profound effects. I feel really terrible and heartbroken now because I have to come to terms with the fact that my one true love may soon be gone for some time. The worst thing in the world is finding out that they don't share your feelings back. I know that this may seem like a lot of work just to express my feelings, but trust me, I would do so much more to show my love if I could.

I am, of course, referring to The Emoji Movie!

That is why it's about time I give my one true love, The Emoji Movie, the affection it deserves. Ever since I was introduced to The Emoji Movie on July 28, 2017, I became an entirely new person. I was just a kid hopelessly in love with something I knew would never return my feelings.

I feel confident in saying that The Emoji Movie truly is the greatest film of all time. I don't think anything will ever make me believe otherwise (except for The Emoji Movie 2, of course). Not only is Gene, the multi-expressional Emoji, the greatest character ever put to film, he is also the most emotionally (dare I say, "emojinally?") complex and three-dimensional character I have ever seen. I praise Tony Leondis for effectively being able to make me care so much about a character that I would not normally give the time of day. The Emoji Movie has made me a better person because it taught me that there are always more layers to people. The Emoji Movie has the amazing message that it is OK to be yourself in an oppressive world that arbitrarily forces you to be one thing for your entire life. I have so much newfound respect for all Emojis now, especially the "Meh" (😒) Emoji. The plot of The Emoji Movie is too precious, unpredictable, creative, intelligent, entertaining, and enthralling to spoil for you here, but I will say it will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire 86 minutes no matter how many times you've already watched it. Every time I see it in theaters I buy a popcorn, but never even touch it because I am too focused on The Emoji Movie to notice anything going on outside of that screen. Films like The Emoji Movie are so special, they offer great educational value to children of all ages AND they offer a great, engaging, intense theater experience; something that sad excuse of a film, Dunkirk, couldn't offer. When I first walked out of my first Emoji Movie screening, I was shaking because I had just been on the greatest emotional roller coaster of my life.

People may try and use Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, or IMDb as a credible source to justify why they think this masterpiece is bad. I am more than happy that The Emoji Movie is receiving rocky reviews from the start. Obviously it deserves 100% everywhere and from everyone, but some of the greatest films of the past were all miserably misunderstood at the time of their initial release. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, many people who lack the brain capacity necessary to comprehend such important, life-changing messages presented in The Emoji Movie walked out of the theater. Citizen Kane, which is no longer considered the greatest film of all time since the release of The Emoji Movie July 28, 2017, was widely panned by audiences for being too progressive for its time. I will be waiting for the day when film schools all around the world show their students The Emoji Movie as an example of how to thematically, technically, and cinematically make a perfect film.

Don't even get me started on the comedy aspect of it! The Emoji Movie is also the funniest movie ever! It has non-stop humor that makes me laugh every time I see it. Sometimes, I laugh so hard that I almost choke or pass out. Somehow, I was laughing for 106 minutes straight even though The Emoji Movie is only 86 minutes! Some of the jokes just stick with you long after the movie ends and you burst out laughing whenever you think of them.

If you didn't notice, I tried to keep my Emoji usage here to a minimum. You may be wondering why I am doing this if I am such a big fan of The Emoji Movie. Well, that is because I learned from The Emoji Movie that not all Emojis were made to fit into only one emotion. I prefer to understand the Emoji's deeper feelings and emotions that may be contrary to the assumed emotion they are stereotyped to represent. I seriously pity anyone who uses Emojis when they haven't seen The Emoji Movie because they can't understand the deeper emotions the Emojis experience like us Emoji Movie fans can. Those people can only take the Emojis at face value.

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