<I>Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs</I>: Forecast for this Movie? Surprisingly Good.

While this movie varies in style and story wildly from its simple original children's classic about a small town that has a food-related weather phenomenon, it's still a surprisingly well done tale. I was initially skeptical, based on the fact that this film boasts vivid artwork, instead of the book's softly muted color scheme and features the goofy inventor with a monkey instead of just charming small townsfolk. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised how very much I enjoyed this film. While it isn't as perfect as a film like Up, it succeed in entertaining audiences of young and old with funny jokes and a few moral lessons thrown in about following dreams, listening to your parents, being yourself and avoiding gluttony. That's a lot to squeeze into 90 minutes.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Take a Stroll Down <i>Jump Street</i>

Helming a big-screen version of an old TV series may not seem like the most auspicious beginning to a live-action filmmaking career, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller were determined to make a 21 Jump Street movie that was more than a pale imitation of the campy '80s cop series. They've had some success adapting unlikely source material before; their previous movie was the 2009 animated feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a clever take on the classic children's story that wasn't afraid to depart from the text when it served the film. And while 21 Jump Street has some subtle -- and not so subtle -- homages to the source material, it definitely stands apart as its own (very funny) movie. Lord and Miller spoke with us about their transition from animation to live action filmmaking, why 21 Jump Street had to be R-rated and what jokes eagle-eyed viewers should look for in the background.

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