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Tracie Cooper’s “Meatballs 2: Review” Isn’t as Bad as It Looks

In response to Tracie Cooper’s 406‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on TV Guide's Movie Guide

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Tracie Cooper’s “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: Review” has all the trappings of a veritable horror show. Tiny black type on a boring white background, one giant mass of text with no visual break, lack of engaging visuals and worst of all, left over coding still embedded in the text.

What ends up being quite surprising is that the review (while it looks short) is substantial and meaty. It’s a shame that it appears in such a monstrously unattractive package because most readers will turn and run before giving it a chance.

Cooper eschews the norms of including a long compare and contrast section between the film and its predecessor. Instead, she begins with a more than entertaining monologue on talking vegetables and Saturday Night Live. For the SNL-literate, the crossover episode that will be created in your brain is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Due to the review’s presentation it’s quite hard to tell where the introduction ends and the rest of the review beings. It’s very easy to get lost in the dense labyrinth of nearly constant capital P’s and I’s inside of greater than or less than symbols. At some point though, Cooper takes up a discussion of the film’s tone, its successes and its failings. The final result is quite satisfying. It’s enormously pleasant to see a critic treating a film seriously even when it doesn’t take itself seriously. This makes Meatballs 2: Review an anomaly in more ways than one.    

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