Movie Review: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Movie Review: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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Rated PG
Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes

This timeless tale has been adapted from Ron and Judi Barrett’s book which illustrates a world where giant pancakes and pasta fall from the sky as a scientist tries to solve world hunger. However, things go terribly wrong when excess amounts of food overload cities and towns. Bill Hader, of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian fame, lends his voice to the character of Flint Lockwood. For years this young inventor has dreamed of something that will improve everyone’s life.

At first it all looks like a great idea and an incredible invention.

Who wouldn’t want food free-falling from the sky? But, when a school is crushed by pancakes, and kids exclaim – “No school!” – People realize something must be done!

Big Name Voice-Cast

As mentioned above, Bill Hader voices the lead character Flint Lockwood in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. But the big names don’t end there. Anna Faris takes on the role of Sam Sparks, a weather-girl covering the food phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint’s technophobic father. Last, but certainly not least, long lost Mr. T plays the by-the-rules town cop Earl Devereaux. Once again we see the brilliance of the filmmakers to pull in some older actors for parents to relate too as well.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is a Diem to Carpe, food-a-licious, fun filled journey to discover ones true self.

This is every weatherman’s favorite story come to life on the big screen. While it’s obviously expanded from the book version of the story, there’s enough here for any weatherman to love. There’s enough here similar to the original book to keep every mom and dad and son and daughter happy too. Then, on top of that, there’s enough going on here for someone who’s simply looking for a fun movie to catch with the kids.

Take The Whole Family!

For parents, this is close to the perfect scenario for a family-friendly movie to enjoy together. While it’s rated PG, the length lends itself to be enjoyed by a younger audience too. Clocking in at just a little under an hour and half, it’s not too long for young kids to enjoy. But, at the same time, there’s enough going on in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs to keep older kids interested too. This is really a tight-rope walked well by the scriptwriters for this movie. All too often animated filmmakers don’t know how to write for both a young audience, early teen audience, and the parents who view the movies with their kids.

But, in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs we do not see the scriptwriters stooping to potty humor for a quick laugh. Nor do we see childish actions which bore the young teen crowd. Instead, this movie really balances the family-friendly audience well. Then, when you toss in the antics of Mr. T and some of his classic lines, the parents are sure to laugh too.

The special effects in this movie are well done too. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again – Real D is amazing! Technology has come a long way since the 3D days of movies. If you’ve never seen a movie in Real D, run – don’t walk – to the theater to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. In the world of 3D things seemed to jump off the screen at you. It was more of a jarring experience than anything else. But, with Real D, it seems like you’re almost part of the movie as various elements on the screen come to life.

Things To Talk About With Your Kids

Aside from the fun and special effects aspect of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, there are also a few good lessons tossed in along the way. There’s the obvious believe in who you are and don’t change just to fit in. While there’s portions of that lesson found in the main character of Flint, it’s more apparent in the character of Sam Sparks weather-girl. Sparks discovers while she thought she was happy, true happiness doesn’t come until you decide to simply be who you are.

As for Flint Lockwood we discover the all important lesson of taking responsibility of your actions. We live in a world where many people attempt to side-step any kind of responsibility for their actions. Instead of admitting, and then making a change, too many fall into a victim mindset and say it’s not their fault. Through the character of Flint, we can in turn encourage our kids to learn the all important lesson of taking responsibility.

All in all, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is a fun family-friendly movie. It’s also a breath of fresh air when it comes to what are often cookie-cutter-type movies aimed at kids. While it seems a couple of the story-lines may be left dangling, that can be ignored as you keep in mind this is entertainment. The bonus revolves around the fact that it’s fun entertainment with a few good lessons tossed in along the way too.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.