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Movie Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Flint and Sally standing under umbrella surrounded by meatballs.Summary:
Flint Lockwood has always been different.  He’s a nerd, and that doesn’t go over so well in his sardine-fishing, blue collar coastal island town in the Atlantic.  His mom was always supportive that he’d do great things one day, however, so the town has grown used to his experiments going awry.  When everyone suddenly decides that sardines are gross, the town is facing an economic downturn.  It appears that Flint’s latest experiment could bring them the tourism they need.

Review:
There is so much to love about this little film.  The storyline about just being who you are and ignoring labels is heart-warming.  On the other hand, the film is careful not to make the nerds out to be perfect or the non-nerds to be pointless.  Everyone has their strengths, and it is important to use a critical eye when playing up to them.

The animation is quite good, and I imagine it must be spectacular in 3D.  Everything is colorful, and the storm scenes in particular are rich and vibrant.

The characters are what really makes the film though.  From Flint to his dad to his love interest, Sally Sparks a meteorologist, everyone is richly drawn.  Then of course there are my two favorite characters, Flint’s monkey who is voiced by Neil Patrick Harris (“gummy bears!” “Steve!” “excited!”) and the town police officer, who is voiced by none other than Mr. T.  Did you catch that? Neil Patrick Harris and Mr. T in the same movie.  That is the definition of awesomeness.

The storyline was complex.  Although I was nearly certain everything would work out ok in the end (it is a kid’s movie after all), I still found myself on the edge of my seat rooting for the characters.

If you enjoy science, slapstick, or coming of age stories, you will definitely enjoy this film.  I highly recommend it.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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