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As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter (writer and director of the animated hits Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up) and Ronaldo Del Carmen (an art department mainstay who served as a storyboard artist on Ratatouille and Batman: The Animated Series) provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) whose parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) uproot her from the security of her known universe in the Midwest for the fast-paced world of San Francisco.

The story focuses on her internal struggles as her fully embodied emotional states seek to maintain control over the escalating disaster of her initial adjustment period. Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black give voice to the emotions and breathe life into the universal dilemma. (PG) Grade: B+