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Staskiewicz’s “Cloudy With a Chance” Is Inessential Reading

In response to Keith Staskiewicz’s 201‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Entertainment Weekly,,20483133_20721912,00.html

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Clocking in at two paragraphs and 201 words, Keith Staskiewicz’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)” is about as short as a film review can get without just being the title of the film.

Amazingly, Staskiewicz manages to convey an opinion on the film in this short amount of space. It’s touched upon in the first sentence and revisited starting about halfway through the second paragraph. That means it takes up a little under half the review. The rest of the review is plot recap.

If you’re wondering why such a high percentage of a 201-word movie review is taken up by recap, you’re not alone. It makes the review practically the textbook definition of insubstantial.

The text is squished all the way over to the left of the page, crowded out by a picture and an infographic breaking down the review scores of other, no doubt more qualified critics. This is after the reader makes it halfway down the page, past a selection of two videos (the movie trailer and a yawn-inducing interview with the cast of the movie).

There is a comments section after the review, and thank goodness those comments add nothing of value to the conversation. Otherwise Staskiewicz might look like an amateur in comparison. There is no comparison needed, though.  Cloudy With a Chance is lowest-common-denominator film criticism.    

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