CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 REVIEW (GRADE: B)
Maybe I was taken totally by surprise by the brilliance of the first film and my expectations were higher this time, but I didn’t think this sequel quite matched the level of madcap energy and inspired silliness of the first outing. That’s okay though, because there’s still plenty of laughs here, even if they don’t come quite as fast and furious. Here, perpetually manic inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) travels with his father (James Caan from Elf), his girlfriend (Anna Faris), and his buddies (Benjamin Bratt, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, and Terry Crews) back to their home island, which has become overrun with food-animal hybrids (“foodimals”) such as tacodiles, shrimpanzees, and adorable giant strawberries. The animation pops, the characters are fun, and there’s some good lessons taught (see below). Kids will love it (mine did) and parents won’t regret a matinee, but if you wait to see it at home you’re not missing out.
CONTENT OVERVIEW: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is rated PG. It has some moments of peril and a few “potty jokes” (flatulence, wedgies, etc). A male and female character kiss.
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: Flatterers are people who tell you what you want to hear, but are really trying to use you to get what they want. They don’t care about your well-being; don’t believe them (2 Nephi 28:21-22). True friends, on the other hand, are those who have proven, time after time, that you can trust them (John 15:13-15).