Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • PG
  • 1h 30m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh86%
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When Flint Lockwood’s (Bill Hader) latest contraption accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Then something amazing happens as delicious cheeseburgers start raining from the sky. His machine actually works! But when people greedily ask for more and more food, the machine starts to run amok, unleashing spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs that threaten the world! Now it’s up to Flint, with the help of weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and Steve, his talking monkey assistant, to find some way to shut down the machine before the world is covered in super-sized meatballs!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: Quirky humor, plucky characters and solid slapstick make this family comedy a frenetically tasty time at the movies.
Reviews
The Age (Australia)
Philippa Hawker
Fresh

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is visually inventive and exuberant, and has some neat running g...

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

This 3D cartoon based on the popular children's book is sweet and fun -- not to mention a little t...

June 22, 2017
Chicago Reader
Cliff Doerksen
Rotten

Determined to have their cake and eat it too, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first in...

June 21, 2017
Houston Chronicle
Amy Biancolli
Rotten

It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Age-appropriate food adventure goes down easily.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of the classic children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is bound to attract the 10-and-under set. While there's nothing overtly age-inappropriate in the movie, expect a bit of salty language along the lines of "hell" and and the occasional mild insult like "stupid" or "knuckle scrapers." The few tense/slightly scary scenes are weather- and giant food-related -- which could upset little kids who are sensitive to fears about natural disasters -- and there's a brewing romance between the main character and a weather reporter. Although no grand life lessons are offered, the movie does center on a son's need for fatherly encouragement and the idea that you shouldn't compromise who you are just to be popular. The movie's plot is very different than the book's, so those expecting a straight adaptation may be disappointed.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:September 16, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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