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Colin Covert’s “Meatballs Gone Wild” Is a Light, Tasty Snack

In response to Colin Covert’s 466‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Colin Covert’s “Meatballs gone wild in ‘Cloudy With a Chance 2’” lacks much meat, despite the title. Rather, it’s the film criticism equivalent of a chocolate chip cookie or a scoop of ice cream: pretty tasty while you’re eating it and filling enough for a light snack. And yet, you’ll find yourself wanting just a little bit more.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter: Covert uses a light touch with this review, never spinning too many plates at once and never serving up oversized portions of pretentiousness or solemnity. This is, after all, not the most serious of subjects. Why review a fast food cheeseburger as if it were a filet mignon?

Even a cheeseburger needs to be held to a certain standard, though, and Covert does not take it easy on this quarter pounder. He is even-handed, adding just the right amount of sour to offset the sweet. He questions some of the ingredients used in this cinematic soufflé, intimating that they might not be the freshest. In the end, his subject gets its just desserts, although the portions could have been a bit larger.  Meatballs gone wild is a tasty snack indeed, but don’t go looking for it at your local five-star restaurant.    

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