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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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.



  • Chris Miller
  • Phil Lord


  • 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
  • Neil Flynn


  • Pam Marsden
  • Yair Landau

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