Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Genre:  Animation, Family
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD: January 5, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 4.25
based on 222 votes and 45 reviews
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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


Aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood is the socially awkward genius behind some of the most bizarre contraptions ever conceived. But even though all of his inventions, from spray-on shoes to a monkey thought translator, have been spectacular failures that caused trouble in his small town, Flint is determined to create something that will make people happy.

When Flint's latest machine, designed to turn water into food, accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Until something amazing happens—cheeseburgers start raining from the sky. His machine actually works! The food weather is an instant success, and Flint forges a fast friendship with Sam Sparks, the weathergirl who comes to town to cover what she calls "the greatest weather phenomenon in history."

But when people greedily ask for more and more food, the machine starts behaving erratically, unleashing spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs. With the town about to be buried beneath mountains of marshmallows and waves of watermelons, it's up to Flint and Sam to use their combined expertise to shut down the machine and put everything right.

Inspired by the beloved children's book.

Director: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Pam Marsden
Screenplay: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
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  • 5 stars "Classic Bill Murray summer camp comedy and still one of my all-time favourites."
  • 4 stars "Good movie, but not the best. Was definitely a family movie."
  • 5 stars "Clever, funny, different."