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Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Animated fare will leave kids unsatisfied
By ALICIA POTTER  |  September 16, 2009
1.5 1.5 Stars

 

This bizarre animated adaptation of Judi Barrett's cult-classic children's book by Phil Lord and Chris Miller ladles up much to chew on yet little that's appetizing. Burgers, pancakes, and pasta do rain from the sky, but here mishap-prone scientist Flint (Bill Hader) invents the mealtime meteorology to impress his disapproving dad (James Caan), whose moustache cannot disguise his resemblance to an uncircumcised penis.

Throughout, the terrible script and garish, pointlessly 3-D visuals distract — why do all the women, among them Flint's weather-girl crush (Anna Faris), look anorectic? As the falling feast gets bigger and more perilous, the film seems to take on global warming, genetically engineered food, American excess, and Bill Clinton (whom the evil, corpulent mayor unabashedly recalls).

Intentional allegorizing or not, without the wry surreality of its source, such a strange stew will likely leave kids hungry.

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11 Comments / Add Comment

jbstarr10

An 'anorectic' is a pill or supplement that triggers weight loss.  I think the word you are looking for is 'anorexic'.  Either way the answer is, because it is a cartoon character.

Posted: September 17 2009 at 9:31 AM

TiredAgain

This is a horrible review.  I was lucky enough to take my kids to see this great movie on Monday night.  They both loved it and so did I.  It's funny, quirky and fresh.

 Global warming?  What?  It's a movie about food falling fom the sky!  Just becasue a movie has weather in it doesn't mean that the makers are making a statement about global warming.

And Bill Clinton?  What?  Because he's white? 

 All of the women are anorexic?  What?  They're cartoon characters, for crying out loud.  If they were fat, you'd probably say they were poking fun at American's all being fat.  Oh right, you did say the movie, "takes on...American excess..." so you've already covered that base.

Are you sure there wern't any subversive homosexual tones or hidden anti-Christian messages as well?  Maybe you should watch it again to make sure. 

I'm not sure why you're so critical of what was a nice, light enjoyable cartoon, but you obviously went in there trying to find something to dislike. 

Posted: September 17 2009 at 11:41 AM

Peter Keough

 To jbstarr10:

"anorectic...

B. . 1. An anorectic agent...2. A person with anorexia..."

"The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Volume 1" p. 83.

Posted: September 17 2009 at 12:22 PM

spondee

 To: Peter Keough  Anorectic 2. A person with anorexia would have been fine if she'd used the word as a noun. As in "Why do all the women... look like anorectics?" But she didn't. She used it as an adjective. "why do all the women ... look anorectic?"  In this case, the correct usage would be "Why do all the women look anorexic."

This is incorrect. It's also deeply stupid when you're talking about characters with absurd proportions like in this move. Why not complain about everyone's oversized heads, or Flint's seeming lack of bones in his limbs? Because it's a cartoon you pretentious hack. Step away from the thesaurus, and stop projecting your own neurosis over a sweet, and rather funny film. 

Posted: September 17 2009 at 12:37 PM

AnnieK

Does this even qualify as a review? Have you seen an animated movie before? I was fortunate enough to see an early screening of this movie and I and all the children and adults alike in the theater were more than impressed. Sounds like someone saw it with a bad mood and a chip on their shoulder.

Posted: September 17 2009 at 12:40 PM

Peter Keough

 To spondee:

 My error. Try this then:

"anorectic A. adj. Characterized by a lack of appetite, spec. anorexia nervosa..."

same source

The name calling is a nice touch. I guess seeing a sweet movie doesn't have much of an effect on your disposition.

Posted: September 17 2009 at 1:13 PM

drewskiguy

While I'm still trying to figure out if Peter Keough wants to defend his fellow critic or if he's disagreeing as well, all I see from him is mindless argument at the expense of The Phoenix over the word anorectic...

Honestly, I think it's a terrible review.  She obviously took things out of context in what is definitely not a political movie.  Plus, I'm laughing at the fact that she went as far to say James Caan's character is shaped like an uncircumsized penis; honestly, who thinks of things like that?

This seems to be more of an artistic piece than a movie review, in my opinion.

 

Posted: September 25 2009 at 7:34 PM

drewskiguy

While I'm still trying to figure out if Peter Keough wants to defend his fellow critic or if he's disagreeing as well, all I see from him is mindless argument at the expense of The Phoenix over the word anorectic...

Honestly, I think it's a terrible review.  She obviously took things out of context in what is definitely not a political movie.  Plus, I'm laughing at the fact that she went as far to say James Caan's character is shaped like an uncircumsized penis; honestly, who thinks of things like that?

This seems to be more of an artistic piece than a movie review, in my opinion.

 

Posted: September 25 2009 at 7:35 PM

drewskiguy

While I'm still trying to figure out if Peter Keough wants to defend his fellow critic or if he's disagreeing as well, all I see from him is mindless argument at the expense of The Phoenix over the word anorectic...

Honestly, I think it's a terrible review.  She obviously took things out of context in what is definitely not a political movie.  Plus, I'm laughing at the fact that she went as far to say James Caan's character is shaped like an uncircumsized penis; honestly, who thinks of things like that?

This seems to be more of an artistic piece than a movie review, in my opinion.

 

Posted: September 25 2009 at 7:40 PM

drewskiguy

While I'm still trying to figure out if Peter Keough wants to defend his fellow critic or if he's disagreeing as well, all I see from him is mindless argument at the expense of The Phoenix over the word anorectic...

Honestly, I think it's a terrible review.  She obviously took things out of context in what is definitely not a political movie.  Plus, I'm laughing at the fact that she went as far to say James Caan's character is shaped like an uncircumsized penis; honestly, who thinks of things like that?

This seems to be more of an artistic piece than a movie review, in my opinion.

 

Posted: September 25 2009 at 7:40 PM
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