Movie Review: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
By Abbey Khan

In a distant land called Chewandswallow, food falls from the sky like rain, showering the small town with almost everything the locals desire including pizza, steak and ice-cream. No, this isn’t a weather report, but the new animated 3-D film, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, which is based on the beloved 1978 children’s book of the same name by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett.

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From spray-on shoes that never come off to a remote control tv that runs away, lonely inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) repeatedly failed with his innovations that often wreaked havoc on his town. Determined to be a success even though no-one believes in him, including his own father Tim Lockwood (James Caan), Flint proves everyone wrong when he invents a food making machine that actually works! Tim becomes the town hero, saving them from eating sardines for the rest of their lives. But as the townspeople request a constant stream of food, the machine goes into overdrive, dropping enormous portions and jeopardizing the safety of the town. It is up to Flint and his crush, weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) to stop the machine from destroying ChewandSwallow.

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Recommendation: A
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs will satisfy all of your cinematic cravings. The film serves up a perfect storm of comedy, story and 3-D animation on a silver platter. Anna Faris may only be heard and not seen, but she once again proves her comedic talent and is perfectly complemented by Bill Hader of Saturday Night Live. The three years spent working on this film was well worth it! The animation comes alive on Imax 3-D screens so well, that you think the food is dropping in on you.

The film also features the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Mr. T, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Will Forte.

After seeing the film, have a food fight without the mess and cleanup with the new video game. Visit for purchase locations and battle out highly mutated food on XBox360, Wii, Nintendo DS, Playstation 3 and more.

Sony Picture’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs mutates onto Imax 3D screens and RealD 3D nationwide on September 18, 2009. Imagery and Animation by Sony Imageworks.

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Alan Vinart
12 years ago

totally looking forward to seeing this; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has to be the best children’s books of all time