Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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Published on: 2009.09.22

If you have the chance, see this movie in 3D. No, it’s not mind-blowing, or spectacular. But it’s a lot more fun when the food falling from the sky seems to be coming right into your lap.

I’ll give Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs my personal award for “Most Innovative Title” of 2009. I grow weary of movie titles that all sound the same. Two years from now, you won’t remember them. But you might remember this one, simply because the title is awesome.

I also have to give it credit for a unique story idea — at least I hadn’t heard of this plot before.

Based on a children’s book by the same name, the film centers around Flint Lockwood, a genius inventor who’s always been a bit misunderstood — mainly because his inventions are a little “out there” and not always practical. And sometimes they don’t work at all.

Still a young man, Lockwood’s newest invention is a food-maker. It draws in moisture through the top, fiddles with the molecular structure, and produces whatever food you’ve programmed.

At first, it doesn’t work because of lack of power, but when Lockwood connects to the city’s power grid, the machine is off and running. The major downside is that the machine is now hovering high above the city, so any food it produces falls like rain.

Lockwood is assisted by a clever monkey (Neil Patrick Harris) with a voicebox that Lockwood invented. He’s disparaged by his father (James Caan), manipulated by the mayor (Bruce Campbell), arrested by a cop (Mr. T), loved by a weather girl (Anna Faris), and beleaguered with requests from the townspeople.

I won’t spoil the ending, but the trailers gave away the disaster — somehow, the food starts getting larger, causing damage and fear.

It’s up to Lockwood and his closest associates to save the day.

The voices were perfect, the animation well-done, and the 3D was impressive, though not groundbreaking.

It was hard to find fault with this movie.

IMDb: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Wikipedia: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Rating: PG
(for brief mild language)
Length: 90 min. (1:30)
Director: Phil Lord / Chris Miller
Genre: Animation / Family
My Rating: 9 of 10
Family Friendly: Yes
(Kids will love it)
Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker

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