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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 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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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(At around fifty-seven minutes) When Flint is in his lab "visualizing" with the 3-D holographic images, he's wearing glasses with red and blue lenses. The glasses are a nod to the original 3-D movies from the 1950s to the late 1990s which required glasses with red and blue lenses in order to make the 3-D effect. Nowadays, movies such as this film use a different form of 3-D technology that uses "polarized" rather than colored lenses. See more »

Goofs

The FLDSMDFR needs a power station to enable it to work. Who powers it when it is floating in the sky? 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

On the Columbia Pictures title screen, the Torch Lady is dislodged off the pedestal by a giant banana that falls from the sky. See more »

Connections

Featured in Test Your Brain: You Won't Believe Your Eyes (2011) See more »

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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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Not only does justice to the book but takes its own sweep of originality and charm
18 September 2009 | by timeaftrtimeSee 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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USA

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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