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The children’s classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has always begged the question: Why does it rain spaghetti in the land of Chew and Swallow? The movie’s creators have imagined a young, determined inventor named Flint, who stuck in an island town with nothing to eat but sardines. His machine creates the unusual weather conditions, which—along with a name and slapstick, absurdist humor—are just about all the book and movie have in common. Fortunately, it’s enough. The movie is a fast-paced adventure that still manages to be funny and sweet as Flint loses control of his machine and must save the world from a global food tsunami. By his side are a monkey, a genius weather girl, and his technophobe, sardine-fishing father, whom Flint’s been trying, and failing, to please for years. There are plenty of jokes for the adults (including a star turn by a CGI Mr. T as the town policeman), but they don’t come at the expense of the story or the kid-friendly humor. Middle-graders seemed universally thrilled, though the action got a little long and confusing for my 5-year-old (plus it made her hungry). The 3-D effects add to the pleasure but aren’t really necessary, and since many younger kids dislike the glasses, this might be one to see in a regular theater.