Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Animation, Family (PG)

An aspiring inventor of a little boy named Flint Lockwood (voice by Bill Hader) makes spray on shoes for show and tell in school, but then gets ridiculed by his classmates because he can’t take them off. Later that evening, while feeling sad and blue, he gets a present, a lab coat from his mother, who encourages him to still pursue his dreams. He goes on inventing way into his teens and adulthood. Alas, most of his inventions fall flat or are utterly useless.

Meanwhile, on the island of Swallow Falls, where Flint resides, the sardine plant closes down forcing the town to eat all the left over sardines. The tasting palette and lives of the isolated Swallow Falls community becomes grey and flavorless. Leave it to Flint, now an adult, with the help of Flint’s trusty animal sidekick, a talking monkey (voice by Neil Patrick Harris), to come up with an invention to save the town. What is this invention you ask? It’s a machine that turns water into food of course. When he unveils his machine and connects it to the power station in town, havoc ensues, Flint ruins the Sardineland grand opening and all the people of the town think he is a disaster hack. After the fall-out of his disastrous invention debut, Flint meets Sam (voice by Anna Farris) a weather girl and fellow geek, which was sent to Swallow Falls to report on the weather. Unbeknownst to everyone his machine actually works, because within minutes hamburgers start falling from the sky.

The Final Destination (2009)

Horror, Thriller (R)

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave… escaping seconds before Nick’s frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they’ve cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one–in increasingly gruesome ways–Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination.

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DVD sure is releasing a lot of kids shows/movies. I guess if you have young kids, this is the time to shop. As I am not a mother, sadly, I’ll talk about The Final Destination and… wait for it… Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Did I forget to mention that I’m a kid at heart? The Final Destination, I hope, is the last of the Final Destination series and while I have enjoyed them, the scenarios have become a little too far reaching and complicated for me to fully enjoy them. Yes I know, it’s all about the gore, but I’d still like it to be plausible rather than ‘this person wouldn’t be alive if this person was alive because this person didn’t die on flight 180.’ As for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Rose’s review of this film made me want to see it and it’s based on the beloved children’s book that I read, so of course I want to watch it.

Do you have kids? Do you plan on getting any of these movies for them or yourself?

I know deep down you’re all kids at heart.

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