Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
|Featuring:||Bill Hader … Flint Lockwood (voice)
Anna Faris … Sam Sparks (voice)
James Caan … Tim Lockwood (voice)
Will Forte … Chester V (voice)
Andy Samberg … Brent McHale (voice)
Benjamin Bratt … Manny (voice)
Neil Patrick Harris … Steve (voice)
Terry Crews … Earl Devereaux (voice)
Kristen Schaal … Barb (voice)
Cody Cameron … Barry/Dill Pickle (voice)
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Sony Pictures Animation
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|Distributor:||Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures|
“Something big was leftover.”
Prequel to this movie: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009)
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is a sequel that continues where the first movie left off. The movie begins immediately after Flint Lockwood’s (voice of Bill Hader) food generator invention has buried Swallow Falls in food. Flint, Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), Baby Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), and Earl (Terry Crews) make a pact to start Sparkswood Labs and all work together cleaning up their town. Flint’s science “hero,” Chester V (Will Forte), appears and offers him a job in San Franjose, CA, which Flint accepts. Chester V leaves a team behind to clean up the island.
Sam begins working for a major television station, and Flint begins his “dream job.” In 6 months, one lucky employee of Live Corp. will join Chester V and an elite team of inventors. The employee will also be the recipient of the coveted orange vest. Flint works hard and on the day of the “vesting ceremonies,” he is not chosen, but manages to make a fool of himself. He goes home utterly rejected. Later that evening, Chester V asks Flint to work on a special project. It seems that the food generator has turned itself back on and is producing mutant food animals. Chester V tells Flint the world is in danger from the food animals, and Flint needs to return to the island and destroy his invention. Flint goes to the island with his friends and dad, and they encounter unimaginable beasts.
There are very few objectionable moments in this film. However, the ones that are objectionable bothered me much more than the original movie.
Violence: Several of the food monsters chase the humans. The Tacodile roars, and this may be scary to some children. There are several fight scenes. A man is eaten by a giant cheeseburger. I would think some young children may be frightened by some of the food animals.
Nudity: Baby Brent once again has several scenes with just a diaper on. He also squeezes into skinny jeans which do not fit. He is shown with his belly hanging over the jeans.
Sex: Flint and Sam kiss a few times.
Language: The phrase “I’m going to cut the cheese” is used and then the sound of breaking wind is heard. Cheese is actually being cut. The phrase “scratch her buns” is used when a burger animal rolls over and wants to be scratched like a dog.
Other: Coffee and other caffeinated beverages are given out in excess to pump up the inventors, and one inventor is seen wearing multiple caffeine patches. A calf is being delivered, and the doctor leaves midway through the delivery leaving the calf hanging out of the cow. Flint and Chester V both have developed wedgie-free underwear, and their underwear is stretched repeatedly.
After the movie is over and before the credits roll, there are numerous cartoon strip scenes. In a “YouTube” video someone gets hit in the crotch with a ball. Brent has a volleyball get stuck in his buttocks. A fortune cookie is shown being cracked open.
Flint learns what true friendship means. He also learns not to judge a book by its cover. In addition, Flint admits that he was wrong and asks his friends for forgiveness. Their response is a great example of how Christ forgives us, even when we don’t deserve that forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
This is a very creative movie. They did an excellent job developing the food animals, and there are several that are just adorable. In addition, several scenes in the movie are sappy and invoke an emotional response, however, that response iss short-lived due to the equally stupid scenes. I do not recommend this movie. Today, I viewed it with my husband and children. My 10 and 8 year old sons liked it, but my husband and I did not. My husband kept saying “this is a made-for-television movie.” In my opinion, the dumb scenes just were a little too bothersome for me.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor
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