A lumpy stew of weak characterization, lame gags, ADD-afflicted storytelling, and dazzling visual invention, this computer-generated kid flick (2009) concerns a nerdy young inventor (given voice by Bill Hader) who accidentally unleashes technology that turns rain into pizza, burgers, etc. Determined to have their cake and eat it too, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first invite us to revel in ice cream mountains and nacho cheese fountains, then clobber us with ham-handed nutritional moralism. The imagery takes a jarring Cronenberg-esque turn (puckered sphincters and squirming intestinal prolapses) in the last reel. The 3-D is deployed more subtly and effectively than the product placement. Additional voices by Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, and James Caan.
Director: Chris Miller and Phil Lord
Producer: Pam Marsden and Yair Landau
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, Will Forte, Max Neuwirth, Peter Siragusa, Angela Shelton and Neil Flynn
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