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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


In the Mt Rushmore scene, a "pie gag" occurs; in which pies are seen hitting the faces of the presidents sculpted into the mountain. The first three pies hit Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt directly in the face; as is typical of a pie gag. The fourth pie however, hits Lincoln in the back of the head, with the pie filling blowing over the top of his head and oozing from his eyes and nose. This is a reference to the assassination of President Lincoln. See more »


When the giant fish bowl breaks loose, the spectator from the 'Splash Zone' can be seen leading those fleeing, but in the next shot is back in his seat being missed by the splash. 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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User Reviews

Not only does justice to the book but takes its own sweep of originality and charm
18 September 2009 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

Anyone involved with the elementary school world as at least heard of the Barret classic "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." As a teacher, I was thrilled to learn it was to be made a movie. As usual, however, that leads to the problem of whether it would stick too much to the book to be entertaining for the screen or a Hollywood catastrophe that steals only the title?

I know it's irritating to read from those book loyalists, but it's only a fair comparison. I felt this movie found a perfect balance of big-screen awesomeness and the charm of the book.

For book enthusiasts, they pretty much had everything right. This film does indeed follow the plot of the book. Entire illustrations are recreated for the movie with stunning nods to Ron Barret's artwork. Then again, one must keep in mind that the book was an extremely general plot. The movie goes into detail, very much into detail, of what was going on in the town.

We have the classic nerd, Flint Lockwood, a lovable and goofy character who embodies the wannabe coolness and social awkwardness and desperation of every social outcast. He's almost painful to watch, but I think it's what makes him so likable--you feel sorry for him. Anywho, in a desperate attempt to prove his worth to his father, he invents a machine that turns water into food. And hence the coming of the trademark weather of Swallow Falls (later renamed to Barrets' Chewandswallow).

Honestly, I was surprised at the plot they got going out of this--while still maintaining the basics of the book. It had an ADHD spirit with wonderfully over-the-top characters. This will probably annoy many a soul, but I thought it a winning combination for those who can put up with it all. Really, you need the heart and mind of a child for this, but if you can summon those up, you will be impressed.

I saw it in the normal format, but I'm sure it was an intense hoot in 3D. That might have been a bit much for me, but I'm sure the kids loved food flying at them. Regardless, the animation was stunning, combining a tribute to Ron Barret's amazing illustrations in background with pleasantly cartoony characters.

This was much better than expected. It was creative, extremely fun, and paid reference to everything from "Independence Day" to "The Twilight Zone". You may need the heart and mind of a child for this, but if you can summon those up, you will be impressed.

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