Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    A feast of meaty humour packed with flavour and extra sauce.

  • Starring:

    Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr T, Bobb'e J Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Will Forte

  • Directed by:

    Phil Lord, Chris Miller

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Cartoon violence intended to entertain. Small explosions, zapping power lines, electrical sparks. Several large explosions and rocket-fire. A young man is electrocuted on high-voltage power lines. People are crash-tackled by a policeman. Stuff gets smashed. Extreme damage to public property; buildings, furniture, businesses, homes, streets are destroyed. A female kicks a male in the eyeballs. A monkey attacks some sweets that have come to life. A snowball fight knocks people cold. Giant food missiles. A face is slapped. Violence is threatened. An avalanche demolishes a town. Man-eating chickens.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple share a kiss.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Teasing, ridicule and name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Invention, perseverance, individualism, gluttony, obesity, success/failure, faith, crazy scientist, father-son relationship, inner beauty, seeking approval, technophobia.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    The main character's mother is deceased. Classroom setting. Remote oceanic setting. Mutated ratbirds behave aggressively. Many varieties of food are seen and/or eaten, including hamburgers, hotdogs, fruit, vegetables, sweets, ice-cream, sushi, roast chicken, pizza, pancakes, eggs, bacon, ham, prawns/shrimp, steak, jelly/jell-o, spaghetti, meatballs, cheese, corn chips. Fish is poached, fried, juiced, minced. An aircraft spins out of control. A portapotty is seen. A girl suffers from peanut allergy. An epiPen injection is administered. Regurgitation and vomiting are heard. Tornado. A grown man wears a nappy. Monkey poo.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Funkalicious retro credits and graphics. Comedy is witty and acerbic. The film is bursting with colour. Cheeky jibe at London weather in closing credits. Relevant message about the danger of gluttony. Vibrant animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Cultural stereotypes. Running time may be excessive.

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