Clouds (2020 film)

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Clouds 2020 film poster.jpg
Official release poster
Directed byJustin Baldoni
Produced by
Screenplay byKara Holden
Story by
  • Patrick Kopka
  • Casey La Scala
  • Kara Holden
Based onFly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way
by Laura Sobiech
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyBen Kutchins
Edited byBrett M. Reed
Distributed byDisney+
Release date
  • October 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)
Running time
121 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States

Clouds is an American musical drama film directed and produced by Justin Baldoni and written by Kara Holden from a story by Holden, Patrick Kopka and Casey La Scala. It is based upon the memoir Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way by Laura Sobiech. The film stars Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman, Neve Campbell, Tom Everett Scott and Lil Rel Howery.

The film was released on Disney+ on October 16, 2020.



In February 2016, it was announced Warner Bros. had acquired rights to the memoir Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way by Laura Sobiech, with Justin Baldoni set to direct the film.[3] In September 2019, Fin Argus, Madison Iseman and Sabrina Carpenter joined the cast of the film.[4] In October 2019, Neve Campbell, Tom Everett Scott and Lil Rel Howery joined the cast of the film.[5][6][7]


Principal photography began on October 16, 2019. Most of it was filmed in Baie-D'Urfé, Quebec, Canada and in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada. Part of it was filmed at Heritage Regional High School.[8] Filming wrapped on November 27, 2019.[9]


On May 14, 2020, it was announced Disney+ had acquired distribution rights to the film from Warner Bros., in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the film industry.[10][11] Clouds was released on October 16, 2020.[12]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.63/10.[13] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


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  2. ^ "Watch Clouds | Full Movie | Disney+". Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (February 1, 2016). "Warner Bros. Developing Zach Sobiech 'Fly a Little Higher' Movie". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (September 11, 2019). "Justin Baldoni's Teen Drama 'Clouds' Finds Its Stars (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 17, 2019). "Neve Campbell To Play 'Fly A Little Higher' Author Laura Sobiech In Warner Bros. Drama 'Clouds'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (October 21, 2019). "Tom Everett Scott Joins Cast of Warner Bros Teen Drama 'Clouds' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (October 23, 2019). "Lil Rel Howery Joins Justin Baldoni's Teen Drama 'Clouds' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Baldoni, Justin (October 16, 2019). "Three days out from filming! It's getting real. She has officially become @sammyruth23. P.S @sabrinacarpenter please send me your skin care regimen. #cloudsmovie". Instagram. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Baldoni, Justin (November 27, 2019). "Day 30 of 30 on #cloudsmovie Can't quite put into words how beautiful this experience has been. These three have done an unbelievable job and gone places I don't think any of us thought they could go and made @aeadamle and @sammyruth23 so proud. I just have so much gratitude today. @finargus @sabrinacarpenter @madisoniseman - I love you three. Deeply. Thank you for going on this journey with me. And thank you zachsobiech for bringing us all together and working through each of us to tell your story. Couldn't be more grateful for this new family. I'm super emotional - more to come". Instagram. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (May 14, 2020). "Disney+ Picks Up Justin Baldoni's Teen Drama 'Clouds' From Warner Bros". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  11. ^ D’Alessandro, Anthony (May 14, 2020). "Clouds Feature Film About Singer Zach Sobiech To Debut On Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Disney+ / @disneyplus (September 9, 2020). "One song inspired the world. Clouds, an Original Movie based on the true story of Zach Sobiech, starts streaming Oct. 16 only on #DisneyPlus. #CloudsMovie". Twitter. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Clouds (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  14. ^ "Clouds (2020)". Metacritic. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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