Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Age-appropriate food adventure goes down easily.

PG 2009 81 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 99 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 127 reviews

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age 13+

Terrible stereotypes about smart girls, eating habits, appearance, etc

I cannot believe a movie like this was given an age 6+ rating. The lead girl in the movie is ‘smart’ in the conventional sense but hides it so that people like her because “people don’t like smart girls.” Omg. She doesn’t wear her glasses because they make her “look like a nerd” (her words, again). And any time she says something smart she immediately giggles and curls her hair and says something stupid. Not a message I want my daughter to see. And so many references to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods and implying that eating the occasional donut or ice cream will make you fat. Also, lots of teasing and name calling and making fun of the main character for trying out new inventions. I would take a hard pass.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
10 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Gross depiction of women

I was grossed out by the way females were depicted in this movie. There was a character, a guy who runs around in a diaper, who had 2 girlfriends hanging on him. Supposedly that was OK because the character was a bully. And the female protagonist is ruthlessly evaluated for her looks several times and she faces the fact that females are social losers if they have brains. Characters are callous about other characters at times, and that problem is never resolved. For instance the protagonist is talking to his dad in one scene when a flying rat picks up a child and flies away. The son and dad act like they don't care. All of this junk is portrayed as funny jokes, but I found it distasteful.
6 people found this helpful.

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