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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?

Directors: Chris Miller, Phil Lord

Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, and Bruce Campbell

Release Date: September 18, 2009

79 Movie Reviews
  • eagle_fan11
    eagle_fan1128 days55 popcornFeatured
    There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is visually inventive and exuberant, and has some neat running gags. But its characterisations are a little disappointing. When in movie history has the girl ever revealed her true self and become more attractive to the hero by putting on spectacles and pulling back her hair. Where else can you find the varied likes of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, and--yes--Mr. T together and all on their A game? Grownups will enjoy the witty dialog and zippy script, especially when it makes playful nods to big sci-fi popcorn romps like Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon and Star Wars. For something so far out of my wheelhouse, I do have a certain level of appreciation for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. A hapless inventor develops a machine that makes food rain from the sky, rejuvenating his hometown's formerly sardine-based economy; things predictably get out of control. Luscious showers of cheeseburgers and avalanches of pizza, with a drizzle of smart, funny writing and a side of Mr. T as an overzealous cop make this a smorgasbord of entertainment. From the makers of 'The Lego Movie' this is a fun animation and more adult-orientated than films like 'Rio' and 'Frozen'. I enjoyed the mad scientist story and the father/son relationship. The whole thing is missing a major villain character (the mayor isn't evil enough) but the set-up is enough to entertain throughout and the whole thing looks great. Lots of fun. A young, oddball inventor solves his ocean city's sardine surfeit by masterminding a machine that precipitates any kind of food, only to fall victim to arrogance, greed, and gluttony. Chockful of groanworthy food puns, sweet familial understanding, and well-intentioned lessons about being yourself and following your dreams. An entertaining alternative in this Fall season of cinematic mediocrity.
    • mrkrupp
      mrkruppabout 1 month55 popcornFeatured
      There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is visually inventive and exuberant, and has some neat running gags. But its characterisations are a little disappointing. When in movie history has the girl ever revealed her true self and become more attractive to the hero by putting on spectacles and pulling back her hair. Where else can you find the varied likes of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, and--yes--Mr. T together and all on their A game? Grownups will enjoy the witty dialog and zippy script, especially when it makes playful nods to big sci-fi popcorn romps like Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon and Star Wars. For something so far out of my wheelhouse, I do have a certain level of appreciation for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. A hapless inventor develops a machine that makes food rain from the sky, rejuvenating his hometown's formerly sardine-based economy; things predictably get out of control. Luscious showers of cheeseburgers and avalanches of pizza, with a drizzle of smart, funny writing and a side of Mr. T as an overzealous cop make this a smorgasbord of entertainment. From the makers of 'The Lego Movie' this is a fun animation and more adult-orientated than films like 'Rio' and 'Frozen'. I enjoyed the mad scientist story and the father/son relationship. The whole thing is missing a major villain character (the mayor isn't evil enough) but the set-up is enough to entertain throughout and the whole thing looks great. Lots of fun. A young, oddball inventor solves his ocean city's sardine surfeit by masterminding a machine that precipitates any kind of food, only to fall victim to arrogance, greed, and gluttony. Chockful of groanworthy food puns, sweet familial understanding, and well-intentioned lessons about being yourself and following your dreams. An entertaining alternative in this Fall season of cinematic mediocrity.
      • 29zabraham
        29zabraham5 months55 popcorn
        I love this movie! I do recommend you watch it. It is actually adapted from the cloudy and the chance of meatballs book from 1978. That book was charming. So maybe this movie will be.
        • gold3nglare
          gold3nglare7 months33 popcorn
          I give it 3 stars. It was really good, don't get me wrong but I would not reccomend it.
          • kenna626
            kenna6269 months33 popcorn
            I decided to watch this movie because I have the book. It is almost the same as the book, but a little bit different.
            • elliotto
              elliottoabout 1 year55 popcorn
              If you're looking for a comedy adventure family movie , this is the show for you.It is a great show v interesting to.
              • Whomper—360over 1 year
                This movie should have a better quality than they were doing. But I think it's a very good movie.
                • car202
                  car202almost 2 years55 popcorn
                  I like this movie because it has food and I love food and because I just love it so much
                  • rina123aaa
                    rina123aaaover 2 years55 popcorn
                    Makes me nervous for them. The invention is cool, but it sounds to daangerous at the same time. the food got to big, and the world was ending! Cloudy With a chance f Meatballs is such a great movie with comedy even at the scariest parts!
                    • lily0368over 2 years
                      I have read this book and I L-O-V-E-D it!