By the time the brilliant fuck-up of a hero says to the heroine, Why do you do thatsay something super-smart and then bail from it? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs had won me over. The line is followed by a makeover of said heroine thats less about re-making her than freeing her; it rings more true than a slew of Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock movies combined. Written and directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who adapted the script from the popular childrens book, Cloudy is smart, insightful on a host of relationship dynamics, and filled with fast-paced action. When failed inventor Flint (fantastically voiced by Bill Hader) accidentally creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, he revamps his rep as the town laughingstock and catches the eye of fledgling reporter Sam Sparks (voiced by Anna Faris), who masks her intelligence beneath a veneer of ditziness. The duo is tested, of course, when things go horribly awry and lessons about self-confidenceand the distinction between confidence and assholeryget driven home. The 3-D effects are wonderful, full of witty sight gags that play out both center-screen and on the periphery, while immensely appealing secondary characters (a policeman voiced by Mr. T; a loving but tongue-tied dad voiced by James Caan; and a scene-stealing monkey voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) round off a film that plays as well for adults as kids.
Christopher Miller, Phil LordAnna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Tracy Morgan, Mr. TChris Miller, Phil Lord, Judi Barrett, Ron BarrettPam MarsdenSony Pictures