Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Sep 18, 2009 at 10:23 a.m. ET

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is not your typical animated fare. The beloved children's book is brought to life by filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Cloudy is hardly the forecast when it comes to SheKnows prediction of whether you will love this movie.

The raining in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on film on screen is all delectable, but for the audience watching in 3-D, the cinematic experience is rarely so enjoyable.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

SNL's Bill Hader stars as aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood who is on a personal mission to create something that the world will remember. Lockwood lives on a tiny island that used to make its living on selling the sardines that were rich in the community's waters. When the world discovers that "sardines are gross," the island goes into a depression.

Seeking to change his tiny town's fate, Lockwood designs a machine to turn water into food.

Meanwhile, Anna Faris' weather reporter lands on the island seeking to have her big break in journalism. The town is being re-introduced to the world as a sardine amusement park when Lockwood's invention explodes on the scene.

Faris plays Sam sparks, the young enthusiastic intern at the Weather News Network who dreams of her big break. Never could she imagine that her career-making moment would arrive in the form of food falling from the sky.

In 3-D, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is as much visual art as it is cinematic entertainment. The vocal performances in the film are of the highest order. Leading the charge besides the stellar Faris and Hader is James Caan as Lockwood's father.

Caan's vocal presence is impossible to miss and his sensitivity within his performance in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is priceless (Caan is about as far away from his Godfather persona portraying Flint's father as he as ever been.)

Mr T is another that stands out as his over-protective policeman father to the cute-as-can-be Bobb'e J. Thompson. Also no slouch in the vocal prowess is Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the Monkey.

Besides its compelling storyline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs visual wizardry is not to be missed. When SheKnows screened the film, it was the 3-D IMAX premiere and if possible, see it on IMAX!

The viewer is literally in the film. As the food falls from the sky, and the characters revel, then run away from the cascading cuisine, audiences will marvel at the work that Lord and Miller have crafted with their army of animators.

Breathlessly faithful to the book, fans of all ages will enjoy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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