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|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs |
Actors: Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of an eccentric wannabe scientist, Flint Lockwood. His latest contraption is a miraculous device designed to solve the world hunger crisis. But when Flint bites off more th... more »
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Pam F. (PamYla) from DECATUR, GA
Reviewed on 6/23/2015...
Loved it! Really cute
Elizabeth X. from CATSKILL, NY
Reviewed on 7/8/2010...
I loved this movie, it was just as good as the book!! My only complaint is that it made me pretty hungry! :)
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Samantha B. (brown0187) from WASILLA, AK
Reviewed on 6/12/2010...
Another fun kids movie. Plenty of jokes for the adults, and the clumsy humor kids like (and sometimes us adults too). A sweet little love bit too, but just didn't go anywhere spectacular for me.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kathryn B. (KathrynBlodgett) from JUPITER, FL
Reviewed on 2/23/2010...
I thought this was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. We rented it and I wish we had bought it instead. The characters are new and different and all ages will love it. The humor is clean and kept us laughing throughout. Even my boyfriend who hates animated movie (he doesnt even like classic disney movies) loved this movie. We were all pleasantly surprised as we were not expecting this gem.
PS - Dont bother reading reviews on Amazon, all 1-3 stars say is that the digital copy of the bluray combo only works for ps3s. Too bad such a good movie's ratings on amazon is dragged down by that!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Buyer Beware - not standard Digital Copy
M. STUART | Cincinnati, OH United States | 01/06/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Very good movie, liked it in the theater. I wanted to post this right away, though. Buyer Beware, digital copy works only on PS3 to download to PSP. I'm very disappointed. This is in fine print on the back of the case. Deceptive on Sony's part. Really reduces value of Blu ray in my book."
Digital Copy Only Works on PSP
Jeff Forbis | Portland, OR United States | 01/06/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, I loved the movie. My complaint is not with the film but with the so called digital copy that is indicated as included on the cover. The "Digital Copy" included with this blu-ray can only be used on a Sony PSP when installed via a Sony PS3. I often preorder these family movies because I want to have the digital copy for my son to watch on my laptop or iPod. Had I known that this digital copy would not work like every other digital copy I've purchased; I would not have paid retail. I will certainly be thinking twice before purchasing another Sony blu-ray with a "Digital Copy."
Cloudy with a chance of awesome, more like it.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 09/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 2009)
There are some movies where you come out of the theater talking about the camerawork and the acting, discussing plot points, picking things apart, arguing whether it was really the seventy-eighth best movie you've ever seen. And there are some movies where you exit the theater and say "Dude. That was AWESOME." Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is very much of the latter variety; no matter how silly and/or stupid the final half-hour may be (as the few critics who didn't like it have pointed out), it's still a blast.
Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader, recently of Tropic Thunder) is a bumbling inventor who comes up with things that are kind of useful ("The Hair-Unbalder!" is the movie's first big laugh), but generally stupid. He lives on a small island just off the coast, the entire economy of which is derived from the sardine industry. It collapses, we learn, when the rest of the world realizes that sardines taste horrible. Inspired, Flint turns his attention to devising a machine that can turn water into food (in order to give the islanders some respite from eating three meals a day of sardines). Meanwhile, his father (voice of James Caan) wants him to go into the family business (bait and tackle, naturally), the local cop (voice of, yes, Mr. T) has an eye and a half on Flint thanks to previous experiments, and the Mayor (voice of Bruce Campbell) has staked the island's meager savings on the construction of an amusement park, which he hopes will begin a tourism industry. A station from the mainland has sent an enthusiastic weather girl (voice of Anna Faris, recently of The House Bunny) to cover the story. Flint's machine looks promising, but needs more power than he can get at home, so he decides to take it down to the power station on the day of the unveiling. Mishaps occur, the machine ends up shooting into the atmosphere, and just as inventor and weather girl meet, cheeseburgers begin raining from the sky. Oh, yes, there will be tourism.
My favorite thing about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is that the obvious social-consciousness implications (without which, of course, one cannot make a kids' movie these days) aren't shoved into your face (unlike such recent movies as Cars and Wall-E). Yes, they're there, but they're played with the same humor as everything else. More to the point, Lord and Miller, adapting Judi and Ron Barrett's classic childrens' book, trust their audience, young as it is. They figure the kiddies will pick up on the "overeating is bad, mmkay?" subtext, and just give it to us in sight gags (none of which feel mean-spirited). Even the "uncommunicative father" stereotype, which normally grates on me so hard, didn't really bug me here, maybe because Flint's father is usually seen and not heard; they take the stereotype and make him into an almost silent-film character for most of the film's length, conveying emotion with facial expressions (which is pretty darned hard when... oh, you'll see) and body language. They obviously put a lot of thought into this, and a lot of right thought at that. Add in the voice talent (which I've barely touched on; you can add Benjamin Bratt, Lauren Graham, Al Roker, Neil Patrick Harris, and a couple of others you'll recognize in cameos) and some really appealing animation and you've got yourself a bang-up kids' movie. I haven't seen too many of this year's offerings in that vein, so I don't know how it stacks up against, well, Up, but I liked this one very, very much. ****