The Emoji Movie is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film based on emoji faces, smileys, and graphics used in electronic messages; produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. Directed by Tony Leondis, who wrote it with Eric Siegel and Mike White, 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. In the film, Gene, a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a teenager's smartphone, sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents. 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 from critics, who criticized the script, jokes, product placement, voice performances, lack of originality, and plot compared to The Lego Movie (2014), Inside Out (2015), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012). 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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