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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  18 September 2009 (USA)
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A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flint Lockwood (voice)
Sam Sparks (voice)
Tim Lockwood (voice)
'Baby' Brent (voice)
Earl Devereaux (voice)
Cal Devereaux (voice)
Manny (voice)
Steve (voice)
Fran Lockwood (voice)
Joe Towne (voice)
Max Neuwirth ...
Young Flint (voice)
Rufus (voice)


Flint Lockwood thinks he's a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. However, he has the support of his mother but when she dies, he's left alone with his father who thinks he should give it up. When the community that he lives in is in an economic crisis because their primary source of income, a sardine cannery, was shut down, Flint decides to try his latest invention, a machine that can turn water into food. But something goes wrong and the machine ends up in the atmosphere. Later it starts raining food. The shifty mayor tries to use this as a way to help their community, but when Flint senses something wrong with the machine, the mayor convinces him to ignore it. However, as Flint predicts, chaos ensues. Written by

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,544 (UK) (18 September 2009)


$124,870,275 (USA) (22 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the film when character Earl Devereaux jumps through a tortilla chip, a giant letter T is left behind, representing the voice actor Mr. T. See more »


The dam that prevents the leftovers to flood the city with uneaten food is arched the other way around. An arch dam built that way would collapse instantly as soon as any load is applied. See more »


[first lines]
Flint Lockwood: Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it. Then you know exactly how it felt to be me.
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Crazy Credits

On the Columbia Pictures title screen, the Torch Lady is dislodged off the pedestal by a giant banana that falls from the sky. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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blown away, visually stunning and hilarious
11 October 2009 | by (kapaa, hi) – See all my reviews

I'm not a huge fan of animated features, or children's movies. My tastes usually gravitate towards (good) horror films, foreign films, and more artsy independent features. I saw Up, thought it was a really great animated feature, but would I see it again? Maybe if i was babysitting. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, however, blew me away! It had such vivid, sometimes surreal, almost PSYCHEDELIC qualities, that I found myself awestruck at what the creators of this film had come up with! There was so much color, and such an imaginative design quality to the film that I couldn't help being thrilled. I'd probably give this 8/10 for those qualities alone, but in my opinion, the best part of all were the characters! The comedy was seriously non-stop, and so over the top ridiculous at times I was completely laughing out loud. Mr. T as the security guard. Very entertaining and fun character. The talking monkey. The Guatemalan weather assistant/doctor/pilot/whatever else... HILARIOUS. baby brett? Oh man. The list goes on. I'm 28 years old, and while I often enjoy kind of sick, off the wall humor, I really found this to be a VERY funny movie. It's personally very refreshing to know that humor doesn't have to be R rated to be hilarious. It sounds ridiculous, but this is probably going up there on my favorite movies list, right next to the films of polanski, kubrick, argento, hennenlotter, and the coen brothers.

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