OUT now / CERT u / 86 Mins DI­REC­TOR Tony Leondis Cast T.J. Miller, James Cor­den, Anna Faris, Maya Ru­dolph, Pa­trick Ste­wart, Sofia Ver­gara

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A FILM BASED on emoji must have seemed like a good idea in the­ory. If The Lego Movie can prove a re­al­ity-bend­ing de­light, why not a story about hu­man­ity’s new pic­togram al­pha­bet? But it would have helped if any­one in the pro­duc­tion had even a ba­sic vi­sion of the film they wanted to make. It’s bizarre how lit­tle this seems to un­der­stand smart­phones (why do deleted apps go in the trash like on a PC?) or the point it’s try­ing to make. Is the phone a civil­i­sa­tion-end­ing crutch or a box of de­lights? The film can’t de­cide. While it’s tempt­ing to sum up in thumbs-down emoji, when they go low, we go high. So let’s just say, aban­don all hope, ye who en­ter here.

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