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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Did You Know?


This was the first feature-length animated movie nominated for Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. It was also the first animated movie nominated for a Razzie for Worst screenwriting since The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), which was nominated for "Worst Written Film Grossing Over One Hundred Million Dollars" in 1997. Eventually, this movie won all five Razzies for which it was nominated, including Worst Picture and Worst Director. See more »


Alex can see the emojis on his keyboard before he picks them. The image data is already in the memory, so there is no reason the emojis would need to be scanned every time they are picked. See more »


[first lines]
Gene: [narrating] The world we live in. It's so wondrous, mysterious, even magical. No. No, no, not that world. I meant this one: the smartphone. Each system and program and app is its own little planet of perfect technology. All providing services so necessary, so crucial, so unbelievably profound.
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Crazy Credits

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


PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen)
Written and Performed by Daimaô Kosaka (as PIKOTARO)
Courtesy of Ultra Records, LLC
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Seriously underrated
3 February 2020 | by blackwidowis7coolSee all my reviews

I had some concerns that all the hate for this movie was founded, but I have found that a lot of either box-office bombs or hated movies or both are actually better than people make out (with the exception of The Adventures of Scooter the Penguin), so I decided that I would give it a go. Now, this is by far the most unoriginal movie ever - it's general plot, themes, and stuff are all stuff that we've seen time and time again. It has some of the cheesiest lines in history (with Aquaman coming in a close second). It is also extremely predictable. But it has a talented cast who's voices are just perfect for their roles, great animation, and you know what? It doesn't hurt to hear the message that this movie showcases once again as it is actually relevant. And while it is predictable it also is entertaining enough to keep you interested. Though, if you don't like the plot, give it a shot for the music. The music in it is fantastic, even if you don't like the plot. It's meant to be a funny, feel-good, charming movie greatly succeeds in that regard. Give it a shot, though I can't guarantee whether or not you'd like it.

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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

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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