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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hollywood Product: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

click to enlarge DROP ZONE: Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, left) and Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader)
  • DROP ZONE: Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, left) and Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader)

GENRE: Sci-fi foodie adventure

THE PITCH: Young crackpot inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) accidentally revitalizes his struggling hometown with a gizmo that causes “food weather” to fall from the sky. When greed and pride cause ginormous menu items to wreak havoc, it’s like a Roland Emmerich disaster film combined with an all-you-can eat buffet.

MONEY SHOTS: The big moments of weather food all look great, including the initial, manna-like rain of cheeseburgers and a snowfall of ice cream. Disaster weather includes a terrifying yet delicious-looking spaghetti tornado and a tidal wave following a burst dam of massive “leftovers.” At the finale, Flint’s food machine defends itself with flying pizza slices and huge, ravenous roast chickens.

BEST BAD PUN: “You may have seen a meteor shower, but you’ve never seen a shower meatier than this!” declares Flint’s love interest, weather channel intern Sam Sparks (Anna Faris).

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