‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ saturated with laughs

Were you told when you were younger to dream big, hold onto it and work as hard as you can to achieve it? "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" proves that can come true.

The first scene opens up with the main character, Flint Lockwood ("Saturday Night Live’s" Bill Hader), narrating the story, beginning when he was a child. He gets called on for show-and-tell and presents his new invention to the class for the "untied shoe lace epidemic" around his native Shallow Falls: "spray-on shoes." Ultimately it works, but because he can’t get them off, the children laugh at him and call him names. He goes home at the end of the day and his mother inspires him by making him a lab coat and telling him she believes in him.

As the years go on, he becomes obsessed with experimenting and making new inventions that don’t seem to work out as planned. The audience gets to experience his hilarious failures, such as the remote-controlled TV that gets up and runs out of the living room, the lotion that can give you hair (which covers his dad’s whole face in hair), the monkey translator and the rat birds.

Flint wants to be a great inventor, but just needs the chance. That chance comes when a company exporting sardines goes out of business. The town begins to lose tourists and is left with nothing to eat but sardines. Suddenly, it occurs to him that it would it be great if he could invent something that could change that predicament, and have the people adore him for his work. He then comes up with a plan to convert water into any food.

When attempting this the first time, it fails due to not enough power. As the mayor is opening up "Sardine Land" to bring in tourists to their little town though, Flint uses the power line electricity to help get his invention going. In doing so, he destroys this new tourist attraction and accidentally launches his food maker into space.

After being scorned by the residents, he goes to the docks by himself and, after several minutes, it begins to rain cheeseburgers. After the people realize his success, he continues the process over and over again, pleasing his fellow citizen. A weather reporter named Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, "The House Bunny") introduces the world to Lockwood’s invention. This automatically brings in tourism, and all is right with Shallow Falls.

But what kind of story would it be if it ended, with no conflict or a bit of action? The food begins to mutate, dropping from the sky in bigger and bigger sizes. It’s now up to Flint and Sam to stop this madness and save the world, one laugh at a time.