Friday, February 12, 2010

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) PG - 3½ Stars

Yet another cute and well animated adventure from Sony Pictures Animation. Though sometimes I swear these cartoons are made with the adult in mind as there as subtle sexual innuendo that hopefully go right over a child's head. The characters are fun and quirky and the one thing that bothered me just a bit was Sam the girl looked a lot like the girl from Monsters vs. Aliens, who don't get me wrong I loved, but thought possibly this girl could have been animated a little differently.

Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), has been tinkering with things since he was a young boy. Though many of his inventions go bust, like his spray on shows, he still thrives inside knowing someday he will be a great inventor. It seems only his mother Fran (Lauren Graham), believes in him as the town has seen his ideas backfire before. After his mother dies, his father Tim (James Caan), wants Flint to work for him in his Sardine Bait and Tackle Shop and give up these crazy ideas that just make the town turn on him. But Flint is determined to come up with something that will make his late mother and father proud.

Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), is the local weather girl that her television station doesn't take serious. Time and again, she has been flustered in front of the lens that end up making her look bad. As she strolls to the edge of a pier to throw her mic into the water, she stumbles upon Flint, who's been feeling sorry for himself too. When the two meet, Sam is excited to learn about Flint's inventions and seems to understand every scientific reason behind them. It's love at first sight to Flint. With their town on the verge of starvation, Flint is determined to come up with a way to solve their hunger needs. His inventions turns to be a sweet success to Mayor Shelbourne (Bruce Campbell), who now can customize his request to include all of his favorite foods. But when the machine overloads, over sized foot starts falling from the sky putting the town at risk. If Flint is to accomplish any worthy goal in his life, and win over the girl, he must stop his machine before it's too late.

Sony Pictures Releasing, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Christopher Miller
Writers: Christopher Miller, Judi Barrett, Phil Lord
Producer: Pam Marsden
I viewed 2/10

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