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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.


Tony Leondis


Tony Leondis (screenplay by), Eric Siegel (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Miller ... Gene (voice)
James Corden ... Hi-5 (voice)
Anna Faris ... Jailbreak (voice)
Maya Rudolph ... Smiler (voice)
Steven Wright ... Mel Meh (voice)
Jennifer Coolidge ... Mary Meh (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Poop (voice) (as Sir Patrick Stewart)
Christina Aguilera ... Akiko Glitter (voice)
Sofía Vergara ... Flamenca (voice)
Rachael Ray ... Spam (voice)
Sean Hayes ... 'Devil' Steven (voice)
Jake T. Austin ... Alex (voice)
Tati Gabrielle ... Addie (voice)
Jude Kouyate Jude Kouyate ... Poop Jr. 'PJ' (voice)
Jeffrey Ross ... Internet Troll (voice) (as Jeff Ross)


This 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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Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emoji See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,531,923, 30 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Steve Wright's second animated movie, after The Swan Princess (1994). See more »


The Hammer emoji appears as a judge's gavel in some scenes. It looks like Apple's original graphic for the iPhone, which changed with iOS6 in 2012. See more »


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

End credits are depicted as text bubbles, with an appropriate emoji for each position, i.e. a camera for the director and monkeys for the writers. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its UK release, Sony had to remove some mild language in order to receive an U rating instead of a PG - this included a visual use of "WTF" (considered 'disguised strong language' and worthy of a 12A) and a verbal use of "turd". See more »


References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


Waltzing Matilda
Written by Christina Macpherson and A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (as Banjo Paterson)
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Patrick Stewart as a poop
19 December 2017 | by dwgmartin-33760See all my reviews

Here we go.... The Emoji Movie: basically smash The Lego Movie and Wreck-It Ralph together and get a sentient aubergine to write it and you get the Emoji Movie- which is about Gene (T. J. Miller) a 'Meh' emoji, but Gene has other emotions beyond just meh and is labelled a malfunction so he sets of on a journey through the phone to find himself, while also going through Candy Crush, Just Dance, YouTube, Spotify, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... USE OUR PRODUCTS.

This is a bad movie straight up, but I kinda of wish it was worse. Then it could have turned into 'so bad it's good' kinda film, but sadly this is just a dull, zestless, pointless and oddly confusing movie which is only 1 hour and 31 minutes long but feels like 3 hours staring at a flickering light bulb with this stupid gormless smile. Patrick Stewart voices a poo emoji- do you want a more telling metaphor than that?

The thing is for a movie about our emoji culture, it seems to hate its very subject matter, it makes fun of all its app related features but never goes full out on them so it's not even a satire of this culture.

And of course the product placement is just the worse. There's literally a 10 minute sequence in the Candy Crush world where they play an actual game of Candy Crush. That said the beat moment in this "movie" was the Instagram part: the characters could walk into the photo itself and everything is frozen in place which is kinda nice but I've seen that done better in other movies- Looney Tunes: Back in Action did that with actual works of art, with the style of animation mirroring the style of art which is way more creative.

Unsurprisingly this is a bad movie but no where near enough that it's worth any great deal of attention. If you want to see an alright animated movie anytime soon go see Cars 3 it's another Cars movie but that's more entertaining than this 'meh' movie. I give The Emoji Movie a D-

.... But this was also my worst cinema going experience to date- never has the audience reflected the movie so well (they also were just the worst) and for that The Emoji Movie gets demoted to an F

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