Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

2009 PG 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

2009 PG 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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When inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food -- enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves -- the falling chow reaches gargantuan proportions, and Flint must scramble to avert disaster.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, French-Canadian, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
CC
No
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
  • Bill Hader
  • Anna Faris
  • James Caan
  • Andy Samberg
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Mr. T
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Al Roker
  • Lauren Graham
  • Will Forte
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Reviews

age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adaptation of the classic children's book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is bound to attract the 10-and-under set. While there's nothing overtly age-inappropriate in the movie, expect a bit of salty language along the lines of "hell" and and the occasional mild insult like "stupid" or "knuckle scrapers." The few tense/slightly scary scenes are weather- and giant food-related -- which could upset little kids who are sensitive to fears about natural disasters -- and there's a brewing romance between the main character and a weather reporter. Although no grand life lessons are offered, the movie does center on a son's need for fatherly encouragement and the idea that you shouldn't compromise who you are just to be popular. The movie's plot is very different than the book's, so those expecting a straight adaptation may be disappointed.

Sexual Content

Sam and Flint flirt with each other on several occasions, and in one sequence it's clear that Flint is "pursuing" Sam to be his girlfriend. After almost kissing a couple of times, they finally do kiss.

Violence

A hurricane of food threatens to destroy Chew and Swallow, as well as other major cities around the world. Characters are in danger/peril due to enormous falling food -- and other food mutations (including somewhat creepy headless chickens). The "rat birds" are humorously creepy and pop up again and again -- in one case, a rat bird snatches up the "world's biggest sardine."

Language

Mild insults and language include "hell hole," "knuckle scrapers," "crazy jerk," "stupid," etc.

Social Behavior

Kids may take away positive ideas about being liked for who you really are and not having to change your appearance just to be cool. There's also a recurring theme about parents needing to have faith in their children, as well as negative consequences for unchecked greed.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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