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Doug & The Movies: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' and 'Jennifer's Body'

Doug & The Movies: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' and 'Jennifer's Body'



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Romance, dark comedy, horror and even an animated adventure are new at the box office this weekend. But what is worth seeing?

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"

Inspired by a children's book from Judi and Ron Barrett, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is a fanciful, visually delicious animated movie about a boy whose goal in life is to be an inventor. Flint, given voice by Bill Hader, wants to be remembered with the likes of his heroes, Einstein, Edison, and Philo T. Farnsworth.

After a young lifetime of conjuring up disaster after disaster, he finally comes up with an invention that shows promise, a device that can take water and turn it into food.

Of course, the experiments run amuck and all of a sudden it starts raining food, but is that a bad thing? "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" has something fun for the whole family and the 3-D only adds to the enjoyment.

Three stars for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and it's rated PG.

"Jennifer's Body"

Another film out this week stars Megan Fox. "Jennifer's Body"-- now there's a title. Billed as a dark comedy, I would argue that it's really trying to be more of a camp horror film, but either way, it fails miserably.

Fox stars as Jennifer, a beautiful high school student who uses everybody, including her best friend Needy-- played by Amanda Seyfried. Jennifer wants to see a favorite band at a local bar and drags Needy with her.

Talk about an ill fated decision. The bar burns down; Amanda abandons Needy and takes off with the band. The band intends to sacrifice a virgin to Satan to ensure their success. Guess what? They've got the wrong girl. Jennifer-- well, let's just say she doesn't meet the satanic requirement.

So what happens when you're sacrifice isn't, ahh.. pure? Well, you get a hungry demon who feeds on friend and foe alike. So, what does sweet little Needy do when she figures things out?

What a disappointment. Instead of delivering crisp writing, genuine humor, consistent campiness and, yes even some quality blood and guts, we get a movie that relies basically on sex. Now in fairness, with the title "Jennifer's Body," at least there's restraint on nudity.

Just 1 1/2 stars for "Jennifer's Body" and it's rated R.

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