Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Theatrical Release: September 18, 2009
DVD Release: January 5, 2010
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Bill Hader will voice Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone’s life. Anna Faris takes on the role of Sam Sparks, a weather girl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint’s technophobic father. Andy Samberg plays Brent, the town bully who has plagued Flint since childhood. Bruce Campbell plays Mayor Shelbourne, who figures out that Flint’s invention can put the town, and more importantly himself, on the map. Mr. T plays the by-the-rules town cop Earl Devereaux, and Tracy Morgan takes on the role of Earl’s rule-breaking son, Cal.

Dove Review

This movie has a rather bizarre plot as it involves a young inventor who invents a machine which creates food from water and consequently cheeseburgers, pizza, and yes-meatballs, fall from the sky. The movie features some funny moments. When the film begins a banana knocks Miss Columbia off her pedestal. It also includes this for the opening credits: “A film by a lot of people!” As young Flint grows up he tries a lot of experiments, including a concoction of hair-growth substance which he places on a bald man’s head. It works too well for soon the man resembles a very hairy Bigfoot! Later, when the meatballs fall, the weather lady says, “You’ll never have a shower that’s meatier!”

I was surprised that the film contained a bit of language, meaning we are recommending it for ages twelve and above. On the positive side, it is quite an imaginative film. It includes a nice theme of a father and son coming to understand each other, years after the mother and wife passed on. And Flint falls for a weather lady who helps him out during his adventures in Swallow Falls. We happily award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal, but when you take your family to see it remember to look up. A meatball might be falling from the sky.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Young man and young woman kiss.
Language: D-1; He**-hole-1; "Freak"-1.
Violence: A few characters fall; a young man knocks down some cans a character just built up in a store; a lot of food falls from the sky and hits some people; a police office knocks over a jay walker which is done in a physical humor style; a character receives a shock; a woman sits down on a dock and her feet hit a man in the eyes who was sitting below her; a snowball fight but no one is seriously hurt; some people rock a character's car but then stop; a man who wants mustard is swamped with it from the sky.
Drugs: A character who is allergic to peanuts receives a shot after accidentally being digesting peanuts.
Nudity: A shirtless character.
Other: A boy gets a bellyache from eating too much junk food; there are some kids in an unsupervised kid's zone where they can eat all of the junk food they wish; a character lies but then admits it.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Producer: Pam Marsden
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter