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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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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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Phil Lord (written for the screen by), Christopher Miller (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Hader ... Flint Lockwood (voice)
Anna Faris ... Sam Sparks (voice)
James Caan ... Tim Lockwood (voice)
Andy Samberg ... 'Baby' Brent (voice)
Bruce Campbell ... Mayor Shelbourne (voice)
Mr. T ... Earl Devereaux (voice)
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Cal Devereaux (voice)
Benjamin Bratt ... Manny (voice)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Steve (voice)
Al Roker ... Patrick Patrickson (voice)
Lauren Graham ... Fran Lockwood (voice)
Will Forte ... Joe Towne (voice)
Max Neuwirth Max Neuwirth ... Young Flint (voice)
Peter Siragusa ... Rufus (voice)
Angela Shelton ... Regina Devereaux (voice)
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Storyline

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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Prepare to get served


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Will Forte's first time voice acting in a theatrically released film. Later he'd go onto voice Chester V in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), Abraham Lincoln in The LEGO Movie films, and Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020). See more »

Goofs

(at around 23 mins) The FLDSMDFR breaks the water molecules to hydrogen and oxygen, and recombines them to create bacon. However, food consists mainly of carbon, which can be derived from water only by nuclear fusion, and it can't be done by the machine microwave energy. See more »

Quotes

[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

When Columbia Pictures logo appears and banana kicks off the torch lady to take of her place, and the dust of clouds appears to forms Sony Animation Studios logo. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Movie Inventors (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Fight the Power
Written by Chuck D, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee and Eric Sadler
Performed by Public Enemy
Courtesy of Bring the Noize Music, Inc.
By arrangement with Reach Global, Inc.
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Sublimely Ridiculous
22 September 2009 | by tkeane-1See all my reviews

From the title through every character right to the end this film is a roller-coaster ride of absolutely ridiculous fun that will have kids and adults alike doubled over with laughter. I personally nearly choked from laughing so hard at one particular point.

What makes this movie so great is the characters...you can't go wrong with Bill Hader ever and Anna Faris I wouldn't be a fan of at all but she is cast completely out of character here and you would never guess it is her. The real entertainment lies in the support cast though. James Caan is outstanding as the father and Mr. T as the loving father and over enthusiastic local cop will have you in tears. Benjamin Bratt and Neil Patrick Harris didn't have much work to do with their characters but even with so few lines they are stars, particularly Steve the 'talking' monkey. There was one bit character that I found highly entertaining who had the best line in the whole thing when referring to hamburgers as tasting "significantly better than sardines".

I would consider myself a bit of a movie buff and my leaning is very much toward the art-house. On a recent Saturday afternoon, I choose to take a risk and cross the sticky floor, trying to avoid stepping on one of the many screaming kids running around, my heart beating fast and hard with nervousness and anxiety that maybe this was a mistake. When the time came I casually donned my 3D glasses and 90minutes later with a pain in my side I wanted to go again... It's been an long time since that has happened!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,304,648, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$124,870,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,006,126
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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