Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Entertainment Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best animated comedies I’ve seen in a while. Pixar movies are great, but seldom have you laughing so hard you fall out of your seat (whether or not that’s a good thing is a topic for further discussion - see Doctrine and Covenants 88:69). The comedy is on par with Emperor’s New Groove: constant, intelligent wit. If you’re looking for something kids and adults can fully enjoy, this is it.

Moral Rating: 3/5

Two relationships are portrayed, from which we can learn something of value. The first is the father-son relationship. There is an obvious communication barrier between Flint and his dad. Flint doesn’t understand his dad’s fishing metaphors and his Dad doesn’t understand anything about technology. This communication breakdown causes quite a bit of strain in their familial relationship. By the end we see them both make efforts to communicate with each other out of a need to express their love.

Flint’s relationship with Sam isn’t terribly deep, though Flint does help her understand that it’s important to be who you are and there’s no reason to be ashamed of your intelligence. Otherwise it’s a rather standard, awkward boy/girl relationship that gets better once they each are able to express their feelings.

In addition to better understanding the importance of parent-child communication, kids may learn that eating too much of anything can make you sick.


  1. Please tell me you're jesting with that D&C reference :)

  2. only half-jesting... I don't think it's an issue at all with this show. But I've often wondering what "excess laughter" is considered. Of course if it's ever derisive or offending to anyone it inappropriate. But what about times when we find ourselves laughing so hard, we can't control ourselves. That type of laughter usually stems from idle conversation, something we're also counselled against. So yes, more of a "tongue-in-cheek" comment, but one I'd be curious to hear others' opinions on.