Parents' Guide to

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Age-appropriate food adventure goes down easily.

Movie PG 2009 81 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 101 parent reviews

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.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (101 ):
Kids say (127 ):

Once fans of the book reset their expectations, they'll laugh at the sight of a Neapolitan-ice-cream snowfall or a drizzle of steak falling onto diners' plates at a trendy, roofless restaurant. The food in the movie isn't magical like in the book; it's the result of a science experiment that eventually runs amok. But that's fine, because the funny dialogue and the colorful food scenes are entertaining enough to make this breezy, amusing adventure a sweet treat for the whole family.

Sony Pictures Animation may not be Pixar (and, to be fair, no other animation studio is Pixar -- yet), but it previously scored with the fantastically imaginative Monster House, the charming buddy comedy Open Season, and the penguin's paradise Surf's Up. Cloudy is the studio's first foray into the profitable 3-D genre, and thanks to all of the food sequences, it's an ideal choice for the technology. The voice talent is there (Faris, in particular, is an adroit voice actress, and Mr. T is laugh-aloud funny as an overly eager town cop), though the story is so far removed from the book upon which it's supposedly based that it will likely take a moment for admirers of the picture book to see the correlation beyond the fact that there's food falling from the sky.

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