Friday night, we were looking for something to watch with the kids. We selected Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 2009 animated film somewhat based on the children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett. It features a fantastic ensemble cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Will Forte.
What’s my review? This has to be one of the best non-Pixar animated films I’ve seen a long while. It’s an entertaining children’s film that is smart enough for parents to enjoy as well. So many little jokes that are aimed at the adult audience had me laughing and appreciating the wit. We have the book at home, but there’s no backstory on why food is falling from the sky on this town. In this film, they gave a decent (though still fantastical) cause for the phenomenon. Bill Hader plays Flint Lockwood, a scientist who is terrible at inventing. He invents a machine that can turn water into food, but it launches into the atmosphere, and transforms water vapor into food, which falls to the ground. It slowly goes out of control, making the food larger and more dangerous.
Did I mention this was a smart, funny movie? Watch it with the kids. Heck, I think you could safely watch it without the kids, and still appreciate it. Big thumbs up.