Box office prognosticators will likely spend all week marveling at the remarkable box office hold for the second weekend of the animated kid flick Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. A drop of just 19 percent is unheard of with wide releases. Even Pixar films usually fall around 30 percent. Sure there is little kid fare in the theaters and the rest of the new releases don’t seem all that appealing, but I think the there’s another reason for its remarkable staying power: Meatballs is a truly charming movie.
As a parent, I’m forced to sit through an unbearable number of crappy kid fare. (G-Force anyone?) And there’s nothing we appreciate more than a movie that aims to entertain more then just the under-10 set. Such is the case with Cloudy. My husband and I spent more time cracking up than our kids did. In fact, I’m pretty sure we were bigger fans of the cornucopia of flying food than they were. The screenwriting efforts from Phil Lord and Chris Miller (How I Met Your Mother) were rather inspired. Little moments, like the young boy who falls into a food coma or the weather girl who refers to the previous storm as an ‘amuse bouche’ compared with what’s coming next. This is one kid’s movie that even non-breeders would chuckle through should they choose to attend.
What do you think? Would you see the movie if you weren’t taking someone who couldn’t drive themselves? Did you find the food-flavored humor amusing?