‘Meatballs’ rains on box office

Candice Rogers

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” is an adventurous comedy for all ages—and, apparently, all ages went to see it in theaters its opening weekend, where it debuted at number one in the nation.

“Meatballs,” the third theatrical release from Sony Pictures Animation, stars Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”) as the voice of the story’s hero, Flint Lockwood, and Anna Farris (“Scary Movie”) as the voice of Flint’s love interest, Sam Sparks.

While the book the movie is based upon, written by Judi and Ron Barret, is about a grandfather telling his grandchildren stories of the town Chewandswallow, where food that falls from the sky three times a day—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—the movie focuses on Lockwood’s discovery of how to turn water into food to provide more variety for the town’s diet. Before Lockwood’s invention, a sardine store was Chewandswallow’s only food source, but when the food Lockwood creates gets bigger and falls from the sky harder, the town is put in danger.

“Meatballs” is available in 3D, but there are few 3D elements in the movie, and they disappoint. Save your money, see the regular version and get the same experience. While fans that expect the movie to have the same storyline as the book may be disappointed, viewers wanting to see a different, exciting version of the “Meatballs” story should be pleased.