With America's obsession with food, particularly that of the super-sized variety, Faris, who also loves to cook (and who says she'd be a restaurant critic if she wasn't an actress) enjoyed the movie's modern-day message.

In addition to emphasizing the harmful effects of something seemingly innocuous like food, Faris liked voicing her character Sam Sparks, the spunky weather girl reporting on this strange weather, because she's a smart girl who has often suppressed that because it doesn't exactly win her popularity points.

"I think my character got along so great with Flint because she also loves science and is curious about the world around her," Faris says. "But because of societal pressure she felt like she had to play that down a little. And I think a lot of girls can relate to—and learn from—that."

Getting Lost in the Story

Even with all the food for thought in a story aimed at the younger set, above all, writer/directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord hope that viewers will have fun watching. After all, they invested more than six years on the project.

"We thought, wow, this would be a great action movie," says Lord. "All of the events in the film would be very, very silly, but the characters would take them all very, very seriously. And you'd probably take it seriously, too, if a giant spaghetti tornado threatened your town, as it does to Chewandswallow. Really, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs represents the ultimate in food, fun and mayhem."



Rated PG for brief mild action, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs opens in 3D format in theaters on Friday, September 18, 2009.  For more information, please visit here.