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David Hiltbrand’s “Kids Will Gobble” Will Induce Eye Rolling

In response to David Hiltbrand’s 306‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Philadelphia Inquirer

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Food-based wordplay is the name of the game in David Hiltbrand’s “Kids will gobble up “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. ’” He takes every opportunity to throw in a pun or double entendre. Unfortunately, he is so hung up on his own cleverness that he forgets to actually construct a compelling review around all that wordplay. The result is that Kids will gobble has about as much substance as a serving of cotton candy.

When one writes a review that is only 306 words long, concision is key. That’s a point that seems to have been entirely lost on Hiltbrand. He gives so little information about the film and is so brief in his opinion that one could probably find tweets which provide more substance than what is presented here.

More words are expended on what songs appear on the soundtrack than how well-written the script is. That is just poor prioritizing.

If what you are looking for is yet another Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 review that is overly-reliant on groan-inducing food jokes, then Kids will gobble was written for you. If what you want is effective and informative film criticism, then stay far, far away from this serving of lukewarm junk food.    

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