Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cute, if typical animated film about a town whose rain supply is modified by the local mad scientist into various types of food. The film never quite outruns its silly, childish premise, but it does manage to find its own brand of charm; the jokes are not so juvenile that they will piss off the older crowd, but not in-jokey enough to seem like a bullshit cop out like so many animated films these days. Bill Hader and Anna Faris are cute as the leads, the local goofball/mad scientist and the plucky reporter, respectively, but the film belongs to the supporting cast. Mr. T voices the Mr. T character, an over-zealous cop who gives Hader's character grief, but kicks ass when the time calls for it. James Caan, of all fucking people, is Hader's working class father, who doesn't get his son's weird tendencies, but cannot relate to him anyway. Benjamin Bratt almost steals the film in his small part as Faris's cameraman, a short, yet omnipotent hispanic. And Hader has a cute talking monkey, whose obsession with Gummi Bears leads to the funniest scene in the film.

Recommended for animation fans, and stoners who like seeing people playing in gobs of ice cream, Jello, and spaghetti.

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