Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

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Imaginative with some clever humor.

It’s not every day that it is raining food from the sky, wait, it never is unless you have a scientist named Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) in your town.  Flint was an awkward child and didn’t have many friends but he loved science.  He was not known for his “successful” experiments but more for his “blunders” until one day one of his so called accidents may have saved his town or so he thought. 

While the animation and action in the moving were fun to watch, the storyline of the movie was definitely over my preschoolers head.  Instead of just being silly, like the title implies, it touches on some mature subjects. Flint, who has a new found popularity, is thrust into the spotlight and deals with some peer pressure, especially from the Mayor of the town who persuades him that “Bigger is Better”.  You’ll see that overindulgence has its consequences and you can definitely get too much of a good thing.  Flint mostly stays true to himself especially when dealing with Sam the weathergirl whom he encourages to embrace her “nerdy” self and to not change for anyone.  The complex relationship of parent and child plays out between Flint and his Dad who he thinks is not proud of him but they weather that storm and find understanding for each other. Mostly it was just ridiculous entertainment involving food falling from the sky, an animated film with appeal for kids and adults! 

Motherly Advice:  While I don’t think this movie is best for preschoolers, my older nieces and nephews love this movie so I think kids 7 and up would have a better time following the humor and story.  ClearPlay took care of some mild language and insulting comments with my filters set to Medium.  The scary points in the movie have to do with when the food begins to have a mind of its own and becomes “giant food” which involves a storm that takes over the town.  If you have a little one worried about natural disasters you may want to be aware of that. 

Hannah – If I could put in my order, I’d ask for it to rain chocolate!
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