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Life Inside Out (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 January 2014 (USA)
When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled youngest son.


Jill D'Agnenica
15 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Baird ... Laura
Finneas O'Connell Finneas O'Connell ... Shane
Lori Nasso Lori Nasso ... Lydia
David Cowgill ... Mike
William Dennis Hunt William Dennis Hunt ... Bill
Roscoe Brandon ... Eli
Orson Ossman ... Devin
Patrick O'Connell ... Skip
Joe Hart ... Wayne
Goh Nakamura ... Sam
Emma Bell ... Keira
Yogi Lonich Yogi Lonich ... Yogi
Xenia Xenia ... Xenia
Alexandra Wilson ... Vicky
Emily Jordan ... Lucy


"Life Inside Out" tells the parallel stories of Laura, a devoted mother of three teenage sons, and her struggling son Shane, the family misfit and a mystery to his Dad and brothers. When Laura stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, she rediscovers her passion for music and songwriting. In an impulsive move to avoid attending another of her sister Lydia's scrapbook parties, Laura goes to her first open mic night, taking Shane (anxious to escape his own unpleasant fate on a father-son fishing trip) along for the ride. Despite her rocky entry into a new world of clubs and unusual characters, this first step into expressing herself proves to be the catalyst for changing not only her life, but Shane's, in complex and unpredictable ways. Written by Jill D'Agnenica

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A first step. A second chance.




Not Rated

Did You Know?


Mother Laura and son Shane are played by real life mother and son, Maggie Baird and Finneas O'Connell. See more »


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Musical Arrangement by Emma Bell and Darius Campo
Performed by Emma Belll and Darius Campo
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An almost perfect indie gem
19 January 2015 | by kkonigSee all my reviews

This film is a delight - a lovely, funny, poignant, well made, well written, well acted indie film. Think ONCE but in a traditional family. It is so refreshing to see a story about a woman who isn't in her 20s or 30s and who is empowering herself while still taking care of her family. The music is terrific both from the leads and from the featured musicians. At the showing I attended, there was a talk back and someone commented that, like ONCE, it would make a great stage musical. I concur. This is the kind of film that doesn't get attention from big distributors because nothing blows up and there are no stars. But it's better than much of the blockbuster stuff out there. Run, don't walk.

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Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,693, 19 October 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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