The Emoji Movie is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Tony Leondis, written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White, and animated by Sony Pictures Animation. It is based on emoji faces, smileys and graphics used in electronic messages.The film stars the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara, Sean Hayes and Patrick Stewart. Its story is centered on Gene (Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a teenager's smartphone and sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents.Produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, The Emoji Movie premiered on July 23, 2017, at the Regency Village Theatre and was theatrically released in the United States on July 28, 2017. The film grossed $217 million worldwide, but was universally lambasted by critics and audiences alike who criticizes the script, humor, blatant product placement, voice performances, lack of originality, and plot. It was also noted for receiving a negative audience reception before it even premiered. Many also called it "unfunny and a waste of time," and compared it unfavorably to The Lego Movie, Inside Out, and Wreck-It Ralph. It was named by several media outlets as one of the worst films of 2017. At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, it won in four categories: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Screenplay, making it the first animated film to receive nominations and wins in any of those categories.
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