Sony Pictures Animation
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September 16, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Talk about a high-pressure area. Judi and Ron Barrett’s children’s book has been tantalizing kids’ taste buds for ?30 years. So adapting the beloved ?story into a 3-D flick was a risky move. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs goes down easy enough at first. But even at a svelte 81 minutes, this meal drags on too long (you’ll be crying ”Basta!” by the time it’s raining pasta). Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader is restrained as Flint, a nerdy inventor who transforms the sleepy town of Swallow Falls into a meteorological marvel where the skies pour pizza, burgers, and Gummi Bears. A nice turn from Mr. T keeps the grade (barely) above C level. B-

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