'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

Meet the Emotions of 'Inside Out'

How well do you know your emotions? Here, you can meet Riley's voices in her head: Joy, Disgust, Anger, Sadness and Fear, who voices them and what other animated characters these stars have voiced before:

Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Bill Hader (IMDB)
The voices in Riley's head in Disney/Pixar's Inside Out

Disney/Pixar Description: “Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She is lighthearted, optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation. Joy sees challenges in Riley’s life as opportunities, and the less happy moments as hiccups on the way back to something great. As long as Riley is happy, so is Joy.”

Voice: Amy Poehler

Known for: Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Welcome to Sweden

Other Voices: Jaclyn Stone (The Awesomes), Jenda (The Simpsons), Jenny (Free Birds), Misty (Napoleon Dynamite), Eleanor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Gretel (Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil)


Disney/Pixar Discription: “Disgust is highly opinionated, extremely honest and prevents Riley from getting poisoned – both physically and socially. She keeps a careful eye on the people, places and things that Riley comes into contact with – whether that’s broccoli or last year’s fashion trend. Disgust always has the best of intentions and refuses to lower her standards.”

Voice: Mindy Kaling

Known for: The Mindy Project, The Office

Other Voices: Taffyta Muttonfudge (Wreck-It Ralph), Tourist Mom (Despicable Me)


Disney/Pixar Discription: “Fear’s main job is to protect Riley and keep her safe. He is constantly on the lookout for potential disasters, and spends time evaluating the possible dangers, pitfalls and risk involved in Riley’s everyday activities. There are very few activities and events that Fear does not find to be dangerous and possibly fatal.”

Voice: Bill Hader

Known for: Documentary Now!, The Mindy Project, Saturday Night Live

Other Voices: Minion Pigs (Angry Birds), Forrest (The Good Dinosaur), (South Park), Mickey (Bob's Burgers), Dr. Malocchio (The Awesomes), Flint (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Guy Gagne (Turbo), Referee/Slug (Monsters University), Slava (The Simpsons), Hansel (Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil)


Disney/Pixar Description: None of the other Emotions really understand what Sadness’s role is. Sadness would love to be more optimistic and helpful in keeping Riley happy, but she finds it so hard to be positive. Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is just lie on the floor and have a good cry.

Voice: Phyllis Smith

Known For: The Middle, Trophy Wife, The Office

Other Voices: Flight Attendant (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked)


Disney/Pixar Description: Anger feels very passionately about making sure things are fair for Riley. He has a fiery spirit and tends to explode (literally) when things don’t go as planned. He is quick to overreact and has little patience for life’s imperfections.

Voice: Lewis Black

Known For: The Daily Show with Jon Steward, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

Other Voices: Spider Bytez (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Mr. E. (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Dale (The Penguins of Madagascar), The Deadly Duplicator (Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law), Norbert (The Happy Elf), Manobrain (Duck Dodgers)

WHAT A BUNCH OF CHARACTERS: Here is how each of the stars compare with their animation voice work.


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