This Rotten Week: Predicting Don Jon, Baggage Claim And Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-09-22 16:54:11discussion comments
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
In a time of intense and rampant obesity, with fatness spreading like a plague across our once great nation, it says something about our society that that a movie would come along positing a scenario in which food is not only terrible for us, but is now alive and actively trying to kill us all (rather than just passively murdering everyone from the inside out). Whether or not the movie writers intended this film as social commentary is fairly moot. Food is out to get us.

There was probably never any doubt Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (87%) would get a sequel. After all, critics were overwhelmingly supportive of the movie and it hit close to a quarter million bucks at the box office. When an animated (or really any) movie produces these kinds of numbers, rest assured a follow up is coming in the not-too-distant future. That being said, this thing looks like kind of a mess. Besides the fact that I have literally no idea what the movie is about besides food being alive, there also appears to have been some kind of contest to write in as many food-related plays on words as possible. Itís a bit shameless really. Shrimpanzee and mosquitoasts are a couple of the millions of examples in just the trailer alone. Who knows what the whole movie holds in store?

The movie comes from Sony Pictures Animation which has its share of the good: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (86%), Arthur Christmas (91%). And unhealthy doses of the bad: The Smurfs (22%), The Smurfs 2 (12%), Hotel Transylvania (44%). Its latest, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, looks like it might fall in with the latter group and could be an example of throwing a sequel out simply because the original had success. I just donít think it holds up. The Rotten Watch for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is 39%


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