402) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Dir: Phil Lord and Chris Miller Date Released: September 2009 Date Seen: November 17, 2009 Rating: 3.75/5
Sometimes, it's okay for a kid's movie to emphasize anarchic humor over strident life lessons. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the screenwriter/director duo that made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, probably would not declare this, given how needy some of the film's quirky dialogue and over-emphasized running gags are. But their film is strong enough to exhibit that admirable conciliatory attribute. Meatballs is hyper-active without being irritating, funny throughout instead of sporadically, though mostly modestly and heart-felt without being overbearing. It looks good, it's got energy to spare and has a cat singing Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." What more do you people need, really?