» Reviews: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

L.E. Green

|    Thursday, May 27, 2010

  • Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Producer: Yair Landau, Andrea Miloro
  • Writer: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Distributor: Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures
  • Running Time: 90 min
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

So much cheese! If Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs wasn’t a family movie, I don’t think I’d have been able to stomach it! Alright, enough with the food jokes. This movie about a young inventor’s attempt to save his town with a machine that turns water into food is cute, funny, and packed with jabs at movie clich├ęs. Overall, it’s childish comedy for its own sake, which is alright. But, near the end, it packs in a number of societal and family value messages, which felt forced. If you’re looking for a good family rental though, it’s worth watching.

Verdict: Rent It

 

Comments (4)

 

  1. Eli says:

    Despite the cheese, I adore this movie. The simplistic humour still makes me laugh, the predictable plot still entertains me, and those forced themes represent things that I value.

    • L.E. Green L.E. Green says:

      I’m not disagreeing with that. It’s just that it feels like they tried to jam it all in at the end rather than make it an actual part of the movie as a whole. Also, did you notice that whole bit about immigrant workers?

      • Eli says:

        You’re right; it did have an awkward spread of seriousness through the second half. Manny’s mysterious Guatemalan past was entertaining enough, but it wasn’t necessary.

        • L.E. Green L.E. Green says:

          Exactly. I can appreciate that writers would want to make a kids movie have some kind of morals or poignant messages that let kids, and sometimes parents learn something, or leave them with something to think about. This just wasn’t the movie to put that in. Another thought; if it wasn’t for the fact that the bits about Sam being a nerd were sprinkled throughout the film, the entire moral about being true to yourself would be lost, pointless and forced as well!

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