YMMV / Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The book

  • First Installment Wins: Readers of the second book, Pickles to Pittsburgh, don't think of it as highly as they do the first. Tellingly, the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has nothing in common with it, aside from the basic premise of returning to Chewandswallow after the storms.

The movie

  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme Raining Sunshine sung by Miranda Cosgrove.
    • The Japanese theme song sung by Shoko Nakagawa is similarly upbeat and catchy.
    • From the film's score, "Introducing Flint" and "Meatier Shower" count, as does the music during the island's grand re-opening (before the spaghetti twister hits) which is unfortunately absent from the official soundtrack.
  • Crazy Awesome: Earl. And you know, arguably Manny(?). But, you know, mostly Earl.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Flint's already in his Corner of Woe when Sam kicks him in both eyes. Of course it'll be funny.
    • "NO SCHOOL!!"
    • Flint taking the Snow Ball fight a little too seriously, breaking into a family's house just to pelt them.
    • Meta-example - the climax of the movie if you're familiar with The Day After Tomorrow or 2012.
    • Two guys are shown holding signs reading "The world ends tomorrow" and "The world ends today", respectively. Food falls and crushes the guy whose sign reads "the world ends tomorrow". The other guy throws up his sign in delight, shouting "I WAS RIGHT!"
    • Mount Rushmore gets hit by giant pies. Only Lincoln's statue gets hit in the back of the head, and immediately starts gushing fluid out of its eyes and nose.
  • Ear Worm: It's raining sunshine... it's raining sunshiiiiine... as sung by Miranda Cosgrove.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "STEVE!"
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Subverted. You would think that the destruction still on several places, mainly the tourist attraction areas, might be this, but they dealt with this in the end credits.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Flint mentioning he has an allergy to peanuts stops being a funny little aside when you realize that his voice actor, Bill Hader, has the same thing.
  • Genius Bonus: Some viewers might have predicted the dam shattering due to it being shaped the wrong way (convexed AWAY FROM the load of food, not towards it like real dams).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bruce Campbell playing a character that became fatter and meaner over time, while also (albeit unintentionally) putting several lives in danger? Hmm...
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Plenty of fans of Clone High went to see this movie just because Phil Lawrence and Chris Miller were directing it.
  • Moe: Sam.
  • Nausea Fuel: If 90 minutes of food doesn't eventually make you feel sick to the stomach, the mayor will.
    Mayor: "Everybody is going to love these new portion sizes." *shoves a giant hot dog into his mouth* "I know I do."
    • Speaking of which, the obese version of the Mayor is constantly glistening with sweat.
      • The hot dog in question was almost as tall as he is and the end is still visible as he speaks!
  • Ugly Cute: The ratbirds
  • Uncanny Valley: Of food, amazingly enough. It's very detailed, but it's strange to see it so big. Also true of some the characters, particularly Flint with his blank eyes and huge mouth, and the Professor who on top of having the same problems as Flint also has unnaturally fluid movements.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Inverted. Sam wears her glasses and puts her hair in a ponytail for the last half of the movie. Plays straight, though, as Flint is more attracted to her after the change.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Admit it. You might not see it the first time you see the movie, but you will eventually realize how real some of that stuff looks.
  • What An Idiot: The Mayor. Thanks for threatening the entire world just so you can have an all-you-can-eat buffet, jackass!
  • The Woobie: Flint. Though he was a Jerkass Woobie during the second act by not paying attention to what was going on and only caring about fame.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Where else are you going to find Anna Faris as a brainy weather girl in a movie with an amazingly cast Mr. T and an almost unnoticeable Neil Patrick Harris?