Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Columbia Pictures

Directed by:

Cody Cameron (Open Season 3) and Kris Pearn

Starring:

Voices of Bill Hader as Flint; Anna Faris as Sam; James Caan as Tim; Will Forte as Chester; Terry Crews as Earl; Benjamin Bratt as Manny; Andy Samberg as Brent

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

When we last saw Flint Lockwood, his amazing food replicator had buried the town of Swallow Falls under an avalanche of ice cream, pancakes and giant hamburgers. Now the oversized treats have come to life, in the form of tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple piethons and other “foodimals.” (Get ready for lots and lots of puns like these.) Flint and his friends must journey back to the island and shut down his invention before anyone gets hurt.

Tim still struggles to understand Flint. But the father-son duo trust and support each other. Meanwhile, Brent—Flint’s former rival—learns to appreciate the team and rely on his new friends. Sam and Flint stand up for the dignity of all life . . . even strange food-animal hybrids.

At first glance, some of the foodimals are intimidating. They roar and chase after the good guys. One character is eaten by a cheesespider. A group of robot-suited invaders use freeze rays to trap both humans and foodimals. Tim is comedically beaten up by Flint’s inventions. The friends repeatedly slap each other in the face while trying to swat insects.

There are several toilet humor gags in this movie, including a joke about a “brown crayon.” Although the language is mostly tame, one bad word slips out. Flint and Sam, now officially boyfriend and girlfriend, share a few light kisses.

This sequel is silly and quirkily cute. It features imaginative creatures, bright animation and warm-hearted characters. There are great lessons about turning enemies into friends and protecting the environment, along with some nice father-son bonding. Despite a few bad apples in the bunch, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is definitely more sweet than sour.

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