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Getting in touch with your emotions always sounds easier to do than it actually is. Emotions are messy, unpredictable and often seem to have minds of their own, as was almost perfectly depicted in Pixar’s 2015 movie “Inside Out.”

In that movie, we went inside the head of a preteen girl and met her personified emotions as they delt with the stresses of moving to a new city.

The takeaway from “Inside Out” was that it was a valuable and entertaining way for children to learn that it’s ok to feel all of your emotions and that each one serves a purpose.

With “Inside Out 2,” Pixar has one-upped themselves by providing a valuable and entertaining way of providing everyone of every age a window into the complexities and universalities of their emotional challenges.

Now, our preteen girl, Riley (Kensington Tallman), is a full-blown teenager and as puberty rears its head, it brings total upheaval to our familiar stable of emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira).

New emotions burst onto the scene, led by Anxiety (Maya Hawke) and followed closely behind by Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser) and Ennui (Adele Exarchopoulos).

With the backdrop of Riley’s trip to hockey camp, a power struggle starts to develop inside of her head. Anxiety means well, but winds up seizing control and bottling up the original group of emotions and banishing them to the deep recesses of Riley’s mind.

I found the first “Inside Out” to be cute and enjoyable. This time around, as a person who has had my own struggles with anxiety, they nailed it so much I felt almost a little too seen. Especially in the depiction of Anxiety as a hyperactive planner who does things like eliciting Riley’s imagination to come up with an endless parade of negative potential outcomes in the name of vigilance. Stay out of my head, Disney!

Fear not, “Inside Out 2” is not one, big therapy session. There’s still plenty of fun to be had as the emotions journey through Riley’s mind and encounter piles of memories, the stream of consciousness and the dreaded “sar-chasm.”

The combination of art and craft involved in “Inside Out 2” to not only give visual language to the complex interplay of our emotions but to show how these are challenges we all share to some degree is truly impressive.

There’s a comfort in knowing that we’re all a little crazy. That’s what makes this movie so special.

“Inside Out 2” is rated PG for some thematic elements.

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