Top 10 Biggest Problems with The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie is the second worst movie to come out in 2017! Pretty much everything about it is terrible! And I'm gonna tell you why it's the worst animated film of all time!

The Top Ten

1 It's a Ripoff of Wreck-it Ralph, Inside Out, and the Lego Movie

Even before the movie came out, people were already calling it a ripoff of these movies! Think about it! The main character wants to feel like he belongs, so he goes out on an adventure through different apps! That sounds very similar to Wreck-it Ralph! The characters all live in a phone and we have a subplot involving a human character whom the emoji characters help out! Kind of like Inside Out! And the overall concept of taking something the children love to use and turn it into an entire movie is basically like the Lego Movie! The only thing is, all three of those movies were good! The Emoji Movie isn't! They basically took the ideas of all 3 of these movies and put them all into one without the things that actually made those movies good! The entire movie is unoriginal! No effort was put into it! This is just lazy! It's plagiarism! - MegaSoulhero

Saying The Emoji Movie sucks is like saying "The sky is blue" or "Water is wet". We kind of get it by now. I think it's time to move on to something else and not give this crap chute any more attention. - phillysports

True that it doesn't need attention, but if we don't make a deal of it this is more likely to reoccur. If we to stop hate, there are bigger fish to fry! But, yeah - EliHbk

This movie is strait up plagiarism, they literally stole plot points from other better movies like Wreck-It Ralph, Inside Out and even The Smurfs The Lost Village. - egnomac

I strongly dislike the emoji movie, a lot as I think it's terrible, there's a lot of films and games that ripped off other ones that get more attention, - B1ueNew

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2 It's a Movie About Emojis

Even if the movie ended up being good, IT'S STILL A MOVIE ABOUT EMOJIS! "Kids love emojis, so let's make an entire movie about them! " This entire concept is stupid! You can't really tell much of a story with emojis! I'm one of the few people who defended the Lego Movie before it came out because legos were made to tell stories with! THESE ARE EMOJIS! Just random faces and objects on an iPhone keyboard that are used for texting! Did we really need to know if emojis had feelings? No! No we didn't! - MegaSoulhero

Seriously? Emojis of all things? I bet it was just created because of how much of a trend emojis are. What's next to get an unneeded movie? Fidget spinners? Please NO! This movie makes the angry birds movie look like a masterpiece - Randomator

In my perspective, this movie makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like the best movie ever created on the face of this planet - KingSlayer93316

The lego movie was based on toys that hurt when you step on them but yet everyone loves it. I don't understand when a company makes a movie about overrated bricks it's so good but when you make a movie based on faces to express something in text it's the worst thing ever. - B1ueNew

Here's the thing: Emojis are trends common to the internet and social media; LEGO is something productive. - TheYoshiPyro64

It looks like one of the weirdest kids movie ever.

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3 The Jokes Aren't Funny

Wanna know how many times I laughed! ZERO! I did not laugh at all during this movie! None of the jokes were funny or clever! Well actually there was this one part where Gene accidentally knocks over a group of emoticons and they act like old people. I almost found that joke funny, but then they immediately ruined it by having one of them say "My colon! " This movie almost had one funny joke and they managed to ruin it! Wow! One of the characters is actual crap and his only joke is that he's crap! All of his lines are poop jokes! Mr. and Mrs. Meh's only joke is that since they're "meh" emojis, they constantly have to speak in a bored tone! It gets old very fast! None of the jokes hit their mark! It's not one of those movies that I can laugh it for how bad it is! As much as I hate Foodfight, at least there were moments where the animation got so bad to the point where it was laughable! Don't get me wrong, Foodfight is still one of the worst animated films ever made, but the Emoji Movie ...more - MegaSoulhero

This movie has not a single chuckle

I laughed at things that weren't supposed to be funny

First lf all, I want to salute MegaSoulHero. Now I want to say this -
NEVER watch the emoji movie!
It's a complete waste of time with the dryest jokes ever! Ninety nine percent of the jokes are poop jokes!
Then there's the part where Gene thinks he's falling and gives us a VIP view of his oversized mouth, which I did NOT appreciate!
And of course, the joke about Gene knocking over the "elderly" was DRY! And the 'Oh, my poor ol' crappy colon! ' made it even worse!
What was the budget for this movie? Five bucks?! Or maybe for FREE?!
I strongly advice you do NOT, under any circumstances watch thos stir fry of crap!

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4 It's Boring

If you are just someone who thinks, "Oh there's nothing wrong with the emoji movie! " you are just one of those people who just looks at the screen and watches the things on it move. But if you actually consider the plot, there is literally no point in this whole movie. To be honest, you don't need to even consider the plot to know how terribly boring and pointless this movie is.

Angry Birds was better than this, and they were pretty much launching themselves at things that are supposed to be pigs

Let me just say that most people probably didn't know anything about what the movie ripped off or why it was bad until they maybe watched it again and analyzed it now that they knew what was happened. What they obviously did know was that it was really boring and bad, plain and simple. - EchoX0

The story is so bad

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5 It's a Commercial for Mobile Apps

When Gene and his friends are trying to make him become a "meh" emoji, they go through a bunch of mobile apps! Which leads to what is the longest commercial for mobile apps! I wonder how much the owners of these apps paid to get them in this movie! They aren't even subtle about this product placement! There's an entire scene that takes place in Candy Crush! In that scene, they're saying "we must get you to the bottom by matching other candies" and that's exactly what they're doing! They're playing Candy Crush! And it drags on for so long! It makes the Krispy Kreme product placement in Power Rangers seem subtle! They also go into Spotify and you hear songs such as Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and Cheerleader! There's a scene in which Gene's parents go into the YouTube app and they're watching Pen Pineapple Apple Pen! They also distract some robots by putting on Surprised Kitty! Because YouTube is best known for cat videos! So unoriginal! They also go into Instagram and change the filter of ...more - MegaSoulhero

Nobody likes ads! Everyone agrees! How about making an app with just ads, and removing the ads from the other apps. And also, have the ads be more interestingly classic, not modernized. I had enough with modern 2010s commercials which are so annoying. And this movie is a nightmare come true. A movie about nothing but FILLER!

So are other movies like Wreck it Ralph, Lego movie, Some superhero movies etc. Your point is? - B1ueNew

It advertises:
Candy Crush
Whatever app the bubble pups are from
Major Lazer

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6 The Characters are Uninteresting

Something that each movie has to do is at least make the characters likeable and relatable! That was not the case with this movie. I did not like any of the characters in this movie! Most of them were just bland! They expect us to relate to Gene, but how!? We're not emojis! The characters were also very underdeveloped. The most developed character is Jailbreak and the only development she gets is that she's a princess! Which is a flat out rip off of Wreck-it Ralph! Speaking of Wreck-it Ralph, I absolutely love that Disney princess scene they showed from Wreck-it Ralph 2 at D23. In the Emoji Movie, they really did a terrible job at developing the characters. - MegaSoulhero

At least Akiko Glitter the literally the only character anyone can like

I agree so much on everything here, the characters are so booring, who thought Hi-5 would be a good character, and Jailbreak, you can clearly see she's a rip-off from Wildstyle from Lego Movie, though I didn't like Wildstyle, at least she's not a rip-off. - darthvadern

Gene is flat and he’s just your typical “I’m not normal! Nobody understands me! ” character.
Jailbreak is a Wildstyle ripoff and she’s only there so that SJWs and Feminists will give The Emoji Movie good reviews.
Hi-5 Hand is an annoying little prick who screws around a lot. - Lunala

7 It's Made by Sony

If I learned anything from my previous list, it's that I shouldn't say that the writers should die for making a movie. That was the worst thing I've ever done on TTT. I apologized for that in a post if you want to read it. One thing I also said was that all of Sony's movies are bad. And that was an extreme exaggeration. I had no idea Baby Driver was a Sony movie. And I liked Spider-Man Homecoming, but I guess since the movie is part of the MCU, I don't consider it a Sony film. Still, Sony has made a lot of bad movies! Especially when it comes to animated films! Sausage Party was terrible! Angry Birds was terrible! The Emoji Movie is another one of their bad films! So honestly, it wasn't surprising that it was bad. None of this is objective though. Obviously. - MegaSoulhero

Sony definitely has a lot of garbage, but I just wanted to let you know that those were Sony movies on your other list because you acted like nobody should buy their products when Baby Driver is a must buy movie. And I forgive you. Your lists are too great for me to hate on. Just wanted to point that out for you. - DCfnaf

They have some good movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Memento and Baby Driver but some of their recent movies like Rough Night (failed to engage the audience to a bachelorette party gone wrong), The Emoji Movie (was very unnecessary) and the Dark Tower (failed to get anybody's attention) all failed hard and were panned by critics. And what do these 3 movies have in common? They were all cliche, a waste of talent, and were so damn disappointing.

Sony Is Fine. Their Live Action Films Are Awesome But Animated Sucks - AlphaQ

What? , Sony is a great studio, they made Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Men In Black - B1ueNew

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8 A Popeye Movie Was Held Back 5 Years Due to It

I feel like it's a mandela effect it wasn't cancelled and one youtube video said it wasn't delay for the emoji movie - Lucy1402

I agree! They should've made the Popeye movie instead of this!

Popeye: *eats spinach* It was my chance, until you yellowheads ruin it! *punches the character* - BorisRule

That popeye movie would of sucked anyways. - B1ueNew

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9 The Animation

I wouldn't say the animation is bad, but it's VERY uncreative! All they did was use the emojis that you see on a phone and put arms and legs on them! A baby could do that! I'll admit though, there are some moments where the scenery looks okay, but that honestly makes it a lot worse for me given that the concept of this movie is absolutely stupid! It makes me feel bad for the animators! In the scene when they're in Spotify, the animators put so much detail into that scene! But again, they're in Spotify! That is wasted effort! I also thought the designs of the humans were pretty good, but the humans were underused! I want to like the animation, but they make it so hard! - MegaSoulhero

As a proud tradition of Sony Pictures Animation, the animation is, conceptually, some of the worst to ever be put on a mainstream animated feature! - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

The animation is so sloppy. Gee, we're they high when they thought of this? - AlphaQ

Hi-5, Poop.

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10 It's Trying to Hard to Be Mainstream

The Contenders

11 The Relationship Between Gene and Jailbreak

I've always hated the cliché of two main characters becoming a couple unless they are able to do it well. In Star vs the Forces of Evil, people only ship Star and Marco because they're the main characters! And throughout the show, they're romantic relationship isn't very developed and it seems very forced! And the same goes for the Emoji Movie! They're relationship came right out of nowhere! But because they're the main characters, they must be together! This is just lazy! And we don't even care about the characters so why should we care about them being a couple? - MegaSoulhero

Way too cliche. Also, the scene where they're in that boat rips off the "Kiss the Girl" scene from The Little Mermaid. - Eraser

Ok, no offense, but there's a lot of relationships in animated movies that people ship just for being the main characters, such as in the Lego batman movie where the relationship between batman and batgirl was underdeveloped and I still like the movie - VideoGamefan5

12 It's Made to Sell Merchandise

Sony is desperate for money. That's what some of their recent films are saying.

To an extent, but if were talking gaming Microsoft is very desperate for money. - htoutlaws2012

13 Inappropriate

I hate it but seriously how is it inappropriate? - B1ueNew

14 Horrible Character Design

It makes the character design for The Angry Birds Movie look good

This makes the meeps in Roblox look like babes.

15 Bathroom Humor

The poop emoji says a lot of poop jokes - Lunala

16 The Human Scenes

All of these scenes that take place in the human world are so stupid! The reason why it worked so well in Inside Out is because they actually made Riley a relatable character and they developed her character which made her more likeable. In the Emoji Movie, most of these scenes are just filler! As I was watching the movie, I kept forgetting that there is a subplot involving the humans! That just shows how forgettable these scenes are! They're only there to remind us who's phone these emojis are on and so we could have this conflict with Alex's phone being erased! Speaking of which, one of the reasons why he is getting his phone wiped is because it kept on unexpectedly making noises. If I were him, I would just mute the phone. Also, there's this very big plot hole in which when he's getting his phone erased, he sends his crush an emoji and then unplugs the phone to stop it from being erased, and everything on it comes back even though it was almost done being erased! Phones don't work ...more - MegaSoulhero

All the human characters are basically just robots they're dialogue mostly consists of very short sentences and slangs. - egnomac

I felt sorry for that boy name Alex for getting humiliated by his phone.

17 The Atrocious Voiceovers

One element that I would like to add about this is that the voice acting is also NOTICEABLY bad. It sounded like the actors are invested a lot more in their check than their performance and they don't even put in any sort of effort into this. Then again, I don't think you can find anyone in the cast and crew that were motivated to making a good movie." - AniMat who is right about most of the complaints he has towards Sony Pictures Animation, but needs to take it a LOT easier on his negative opinion on that company that went from engaging to hit-and-miss to very untrustworthy

18 The Characters are Dumb

Every character is an idiotic rip off!
Gene- The annoying main character who leads us through his shameful life ( who the hell names their child GENE anyways? What did he do to his parents - oh right, exist! )
Hi 5 - Also known as 'Gimmie'(yet another questionable name), this obnoxious character spends half the movie droning and whining about his "looks" and is 70% part of the reason people gave the f fonger to this stir fry of nonsense!
Although only 2% of people voted for because the characters are dumb, it don't mean it ain't true!
I only described two characters, but I'm sure y'all agree you hate all the characters with a passion!
And as we say in Nigeria... THUNDER FIRE THE EMOJI MOVIE!

Gene: The typical “i'm DIFFERENT NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME! ” Character
Jailbreak: “I’m a girl! Everyone thinks I’m supposed to be lady like! But I’m not! Again, I’m different and no one gets me! ”
Hi Five: Stupid tag along.
Poop: He is the crap he is.
Smiler: This woman is crazy.

19 The Jokes are Stupid

Were number 2 is right this whole movie is one giant number 2. - egnomac

This movie is a load of-

Poop Emoji: No, go ahead! - Lunala

20 It Has a Poor Plot

It has a terrible plot indeed. hotdiggedydemon's own plot is better and he deserves to be the director of a "better sequel for the emoji movie" - Lucy1402

21 Sir Patrick Stewart is the Poop Emoji

After giving us such an incredible performance as Charles Xavier in Logan, Patrick Stewart went on to be the poop emoji in the Emoji Movie in the same year. Why in the world did he agree to do this? Patrick Stewart is such a great actor, but he was completely wasted in this film! He only had a few lines and they were all poop jokes! I feel bad for him! At least we know he was in one of the best movies of the year earlier this year. - MegaSoulhero

Poor Patrick Stewart his role as a Poop Emoji is going on his resume. - Disneykid00

The Patrick Stewart Poop might as well be the official mascot of Sony Animation. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

That emoji poop should've been the great main character for this movie.

22 It's Generic

Gene-ric! Get it? - Lunala

23 Too Much Pee and Poop Jokes
24 No Real Effort Was Put Into It
25 Kids Were Begging Too See It as Soon as They Saw the Trailer
26 It's Just One Big Ad

To promote emojis, they sell emoji balloons, stickers, etc.

27 It Had No Action
28 It Stereotypes Teens

Teens are not phone freaks, there annoying dumb people who's minds were lost in the storm of adolescence and draw fan art of that crappy game that I despise called "Animal jam"

I agree with this reason. Not all teenagers are on their phones 24/7.

Yah, like, I’m a teen and I am on my phone for, Like, EVER! And I also dress in weird rom clothing, and egg people’s cars. (Sarcasm)

29 It's a Movie Version of Teen Titans Go.

I'm waiting to see how Mr. Enter handles this, with all that screaming he does on his Animated Atrocity videos - Neonco31

Um, Teen Titans Go! is getting a movie this year in 2018.

Go on, Omoniyi Adenusi! Threaten us for hating Teen Titans Go! as well as The Emoji Movie, I dare you!

Please note the sarcasm of The Ultimate Daredevil.

30 It Has a Liberal Agenda

I believe a more accurate description would be feminist agenda. Granted, radical feminism and even just regular feminism in general is now heavily associated with the left wing of the political spectrum in a low regard these days. That said (and I really don't want to have to talk about politics here), Jailbreak's character and personality did pretty much scream feminist agenda to me. The way Black Critic Guy explains it best, she essentially pushes that she's an independent female rebel who doesn't conform to things she considers to be "sexist". Not to mention that on Twitter, I recall Smiler being used in a promotional parody of a movie or whatever, which garnered some controversy due to its dystopian and feminist nature or whatever is close to what I just described. And remember how people were comparing The Boss Baby character to Donald Trump in terms of appearance and personality? Basically, the same thing happened to Smiler with people comparing her to Hillary Clinton as well. ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Its not feminism or liberal, those words are just words as hate words now.


31 It's a Cash Grab
32 It's the Worst Movie of 2017

Worst movie of that year. Last jedi is the 2nd worst. - B1ueNew

33 Smiler Was a Lame Villain

She doesn't even have a reason to be the villain. She doesn't even have a character development at all.

I wish she won so Gene could have died

Smiler had empty character devlopment. Think about it: Smiler was the original emoji… and she's a villain because she wants to kill Gene. Why? Because she just wants to kill Gene. She doesn't even have a reason to be a villain. At least, Thanos, Hela, Loki, Joker, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren, had character development… they had a reason to be villains.

34 It Tricks Kids Into Liking It

How many times have I heard this stupid myth to just make yourself look cool saying "it tricks insert here into liking it" not just the emoji movie its said that boy bands tricks girls into liking them.

35 It's a Baby Movie

No even babies will hate this movie even if they don't understand what hate is. - egnomac

Only babies like this movie

36 Plot Holes

Would a movie about Emojis have a plot?

In my opinion it had too many plot holes, and didn't go into depth about Jailbreak's backstory of being a princess, and just felt like everythint was so choppy. - Lunala

37 It Will Have Too Many Twerk Jokes

God help us all.

38 It's Disgusting
39 The Only Good Characters are Poop and The Internet Troll

You know your movie is bad when the poop emoji has more character and personality than your main character. - egnomac

Trolls are not beings who live on your phone -- they are real-life people. So they got that wrong, too.

The poop wasn’t actually too bad.

The poop jokes actually were kinda clever and not cheap. Toilet humour is funny if it’s not cheap - Lunala

40 Gene's Parents are Awful

Super duper lazy parents. They looked like they've never slept in a long time. The only characters in this movie that are useless. - s10484

41 All the Characters are Stereotypes and Cliches
42 It's Just One Big Cliche
43 The Name

It says it all - Randomator

Lack of originality in the name itself kinda like certain console. - htoutlaws2012

44 The Plot with the Humans is Uninteresting
45 It Disempowers the Female
46 The Happy Face is Evil

Everyone could have seen that coming they didn't even try to hid it. - egnomac

Smiler was INSANE holy crap - Lunala

47 It’s Preachy
48 They Played a Hotel Transylvania Cartoon "Puppy!" in Front of It

Yes, I hate Hotel Transylvania, but some of the humor in both movies are actually pretty funny. As for the Puppy! short, it was more stupid than humorous, and is easily the worst thing Genndy Tartakovsky has ever done. Yes, Sony fired Genndy from the Popeye movie, just so that he would end up working on the Emoji Movie by making a Hotel Transylvania cartoon. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

49 The Plot Was Rushed
50 Unrelatable Characters
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1. The Characters are Dumb
2. The Jokes are Stupid
3. It's Boring
1. It's a Ripoff of Wreck-it Ralph, Inside Out, and the Lego Movie
2. It's a Commercial for Mobile Apps
3. It's Made by Sony
1. It's Trying to Hard to Be Mainstream
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