Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Bill Hader will voice Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone’s life. Anna Faris takes on the role of Sam Sparks, a weather girl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint’s technophobic father. Andy Samberg plays Brent, the town bully who has plagued Flint since childhood. Bruce Campbell plays Mayor Shelbourne, who figures out that Flint’s invention can put the town, and more importantly himself, on the map. Mr. T plays the by-the-rules town cop Earl Devereaux, and Tracy Morgan takes on the role of Earl’s rule-breaking son, Cal.
This movie has a rather bizarre plot as it involves a young inventor who invents a machine which creates food from water and consequently cheeseburgers, pizza, and yes-meatballs, fall from the sky. The movie features some funny moments. When the film begins a banana knocks Miss Columbia off her pedestal. It also includes this for the opening credits: “A film by a lot of people!” As young Flint grows up he tries a lot of experiments, including a concoction of hair-growth substance which he places on a bald man’s head. It works too well for soon the man resembles a very hairy Bigfoot! Later, when the meatballs fall, the weather lady says, “You’ll never have a shower that’s meatier!”
I was surprised that the film contained a bit of language, meaning we are recommending it for ages twelve and above. On the positive side, it is quite an imaginative film. It includes a nice theme of a father and son coming to understand each other, years after the mother and wife passed on. And Flint falls for a weather lady who helps him out during his adventures in Swallow Falls. We happily award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal, but when you take your family to see it remember to look up. A meatball might be falling from the sky.