Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's children's book of the same name, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and brainy weathergirl Sam Sparks (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped while food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Adam Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint just as he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint's latest invention - a device designed to improve everyone's lives - for his own personal gain. Mr. T. voices by-the-books cop Earl Devereaux, and James Caan voices Flint's technophobe father, Tim. 3.3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Family / Children
Director Chris Miller Phil Lord
Cast Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Tracy Morgan, Mr. T Anna Faris
Studio Columbia
Release Date September 2009
Running Time 90 mins
 

Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's children's book of the same name, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and brainy weathergirl Sam Sparks (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped while food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Adam Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint just as he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use Flint's latest invention - a device designed to improve everyone's lives - for his own personal gain. Mr. T. voices by-the-books cop Earl Devereaux, and James Caan voices Flint's technophobe father, Tim.

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Reviews

Channel 4 Film

Catherine Bray

After some of the dreck slung kiddiewards in the name of broad entertainment this summer (hang your heads, Transformers 2 and Aliens In The Attic) it's a relief to be able to wholeheartedly recommend a quality children's film packed with enough genuine invention, sharp scripting and sweet-natured charm to power a dozen lesser creations.

02/11/2009

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The Evening Standard

ES

...the best way to describe it is as a really good episode of The Simpsons. Imagine a world in which Lisa and Milhouse find love in each other’s arms, Mayor Quimby goes entirely to the bad, Homer’s love of sugar takes him into a wobbly new dimension and kittens dance to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, and you will have some idea of the surreal, sensual tale in store. Films in 3D often feel like a pain-in-the-eyes gimmick. Here, it’s a positive pleasure.

18/09/2009

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The Evening Standard

Neil Norman

With a great script (voiced brilliantly by James Caan, Mr T and Benjamin Bratt, among others) that parlays some adult jokes into the childish fantasy – deadly pizza spikes, ice-cream fights, a spaghetti tornado – the writer/directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have fashioned a state of the art kids’ movie primed with old-fashioned values.

18/09/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Young children will be able to follow it from start to finish, but adults aren't short-changed, either. If the plot is admirably linear, all the more time and trouble have been invested in the delightful characters, visual gags, and zinging dialogue that parodies disaster-movie conventions without playing Spot the Film Pastiche.

20/09/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Glenn Whipp

The movie's humor targets both kids and grown-ups with equal success, but, even with the presence of a mustache-fixated monkey, the main attraction here is the movie's vibrant 3-D animation and its perfect storm of foodie-friendly sight gags.

18/09/2009

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The Scotsman

Mike McCahill

Secondary characters include a bemulleted sardine mascot gone obnoxiously to flab, and a hotpants-sporting, Mr T-voiced cop – he pities the food – whose movements alone justify the 3D. Breakthrough writer-directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord somehow juggle these and other visual flourishes – gelatine haystacks, flying pizza slices – without obscuring the emotional business of a son reconnecting with his distant father or the cautionary message on the perils of unregulated consumption. Great gags, too...

18/09/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Films this whizzy and funny often skimp on the heart, but not this one – there's a lovely role for James Caan as Flint's dad, a beetle-browed workhorse who can relate to him only in fishing metaphors. What an unexpected treat this turns out to be – as messy and riotous as a kindergarten food- fight, with teacher tied up in the corner.

17/09/2009

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

...the film’s greatest pleasure – and the element that sets it apart from its smarmy, in-jokey predecessors – is its bizarre sense of humour. Fusing snappy one-liners with a kid-friendly seam of slapstick incorporating everything from talking monkeys to homicidal Gummi Bears, the script provokes comparison with comedy from The Marx Brothers to ‘The Mighty Boosh’.

17/09/2009

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The Times

Toby Young

...a contender for the worst title of the year... Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs lacks the charm of some other recent offerings in this genre, but it has enough grown-up gags to keep the adults amused and their children will laugh themselves silly at the sight of police officers being drenched in Cheese Whiz.

18/09/2009

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Total Film

Neil Smith

A parable about gluttony and over-consumption masked as a cartoon disaster movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of Judi and Ron Barrett’s 1978 children’s book is as subtle as a giant pancake crushing a house. But by embracing the craziness of its central premise, Cloudy delivers a surprisingly appetizing dish of fast-paced lunacy, sprinkled with some memorable characters (take a bow, Mr T’s by-the-book cop) and peppered with great one-liners.

15/09/2009

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

...a veritable buffet of the bland and the bizarre, the sweet and the sour, and all tastes are catered for along the way.

18/09/2009

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The Independent

Robert Hanks

Science geek invents machine that makes it rain cheeseburgers, then finds there's no such thing as free lunch: is it me, or is this supposed children's animation really a parable about runaway consumerism? Bearing in mind that it's set on a mid-Atlantic island with a fish-based economy – Iceland, hello? It's not The Incredibles, but it has a solid gag ratio and good animation (the spaghetti tornado is spectacular).

18/09/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

The film is adapted from a well-loved children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, but feels as though it’s stretching out a pretty thin story. Most of all, it is a feast for the eyes, especially in 3D. It is harmless, entertaining fun for under-12s, and a worthy follow-up to Surf’s Up from Sony Pictures Animation... Verdict: Fun for children, tolerable for adults.

18/09/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

An invention that turns water to food runs amok and causes a rainy season of pies, hamburgers and candies. The film continues in meal-monsoon mode for 90 minutes with scant variation. But for young foodies that may be the dream of a lifetime.

16/09/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

This charmless, Hollywood-animated movie centres on a geeky inventor who saves his fishing port home by creating a machine that causes the clouds to rain food, mostly of the fast variety.

20/09/2009

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