Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

  • Review Date: September 24, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sequel gives new meaning to playing with your food.
  • Review Date: September 24, 2013
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie wasn't made with educational intent, but kids will have to think a bit about the food-animal hybrids -- i.e., watermelons that look like elephants equal "watermelephants."

Positive messages

Positive messages about how inventors don't steal other people's ideas and how it's best to listen to people who love and care about you (like your parents and close friends) rather than those who -- out of nowhere -- show an interest in your ideas. Another worthwhile message is not judging others based on a first impression, because it could be totally wrong.

Positive role models

Sam is supportive of Flint and his unique opportunity, even though he stops hanging out with her as much, and she's a dedicated meteorologist. Mr. Lockwood believes in his son and just wants to spend time with him. Flint, meanwhile, is naive but incredibly smart. On the other hand, Chester V seems like a visionary role model, but he's actually deceitful and greedy.

Violence & scariness

The food-animal hybrids can seem scary and even bloodthirsty at times. Some of them -- like the cheespider, the taco-diles, and the apple pie-thons -- are scary, menacing, and carnivorous. Flint and his friends are in danger several times, and at one point it looks like his friends will die and be compacted together (it doesn't happen). But one character does fall to their presumed death.

Sexy stuff

Sam and Flint seem to finally be together, and they occasionally hold hands, hug, and, in one instance, kiss.

Language

Insults include "stupid monkey," "idiot," "loser," a couple of near-swear words ("oh, crab cakes!"), and the term "BS-USB."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of caffeine drinking -- to the point that Flint starts acting addicted to his various free coffee drinks.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the sequel to 2009's hit animated adventure Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which itself was loosely based on Judi Barrett's classic children's book. Audiences can expect a similar level of insult language peppered throughout ("idiot," "loser," etc.), as well as some menacing food-animal hybrids, some of which are predatory carnivores. Main characters seem in danger for their lives at one point, and one character does fall to their presumed death. A technology firm (which bears a resemblance to Apple) with a visionary CEO isn't all that it seems, and there's a sweet romantic relationship (holding hands and one brief kiss) between two central characters. The movie explores themes like greed, discrimination, and the meaning of true friendship.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In the immediate aftermath of the dangerous food catastrophe at Swallow Falls, the technology firm Live Corp. -- led by orange-vested CEO Chester V (voiced by Will Forte) -- swoops in to clean up the mess. First Chester tells everyone that they must evacuate the island and offers young inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) a job at his renowned company in "San Franjose," where Flint discovers what it means to be an overcaffeinated 9-to-5 inventor in a Live Corp. cubicle. Then Chester V reveals that Swallow Falls has been taken over by wild food-animal hybrids and sends Flint to retrieve his invention from the island. But instead of going alone, as directed, Flint reluctantly brings along his fisherman father, Tim (James Caan); weather reporter girlfriend, Sam (Anna Faris); her cameraman, Manny (Benjamin Bratt); security guard Earl (Terry Crews); chicken-loving Brent (Andy Samberg); and, of course, pet monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Since the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs made it clear that this cinematic story was only very loosely based on the beloved children's book, it was easy to step into the story again for CLOUDY 2 without any preconceived expectations. To keep the food machine (that is, the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or "FLDSMDFR") plot going, the writers devised a conceit in which the FLDSMDFR is able to create "living" food that looks and acts like a host of different real (and extinct!) animal-food hybrids. Some of the frightening predators -- like the cheespider, the taco-diles, and the apple pie-thons -- will momentarily scare younger viewers, whereas others -- like Barry the strawberry, the fruit cockatiel, and the mini marshmallows -- are sweet and huggable.

In addition to "foodimals," the story introduces viewers to new characters who might seem friendly to kids, but adults will recognize them as evil right away -- like Chester V (voiced in a perfectly creepy falsetto by Saturday Night Live alum Forte), a Steve Jobs-like visionary with a thing for facial hair, turtlenecks, and grand pronouncements. His interest in the naive and insecure Flint makes for an interesting conflict, and his talking-ape assistant, Barb (Kristen Schaal), is the kind of confused character who just wants to be considered a friend. The focus on the Live Corp. characters leaves less for Flint's friends to do, but they manage to add enough comic relief for fans of the first movie. As for the squishy Barry, the marshmallow family, and Mr. Lockwood's new fishing pals (the hilarious pickles with a love of sardines) -- they're like Despicable Me's Minions -- funny bundles of adorable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Hollywood's love of sequels. Do you think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 lives up to the original? Would you want to see a third movie about Flint, Sam, and the gang?

  • How does the movie portray technology? Does Chester V remind you of any real-life person? How does technology change Swallow Falls?

  • What is the movie's message about first impressions? Why does it take so long for Flint to see the truth about those around him?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 27, 2013
DVD release date:January 28, 2014
Cast:Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris
Directors:Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild rude humor

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Parent Written bytarmale September 29, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Ok sequel, don't like the inuendos

Took my 6, 8 and 15 year old to see this today. Not as good as the first one but still entertaining. What I didn't like about it is the inuendos. Robot have flashing flowers on their chests suggesting electric breasts(?). Also, when Flint tries on a device he made it looks like underwear with all the trimmings. Went over my younger kids' heads but I don't know why they can't just make a KIDS movie anymore? Why does there always have to be sexual undertones in these movies? My 15 year old obviously got it but I find it harder and harder to take my kids anywhere these days
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written bylauralibby88 September 29, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Decent family fun movie

This was a really fun movie that had a central idea to stay true to yourself and the people you love. It was about not judging things from what others say, but taking time to see for yourself, and it was pretty funny. There was some violence and poor language, negative and derogatory words said too, or about characters. My son is sensitive to such themes, and it was okay for him, though a bit too scary in about 2-3 scenes. If you have sensitive children who feel this stuff is really or get upset easily or are under age 6, see it with caution. I would not take any kids under 4 to see this one in a theater. Otherwise, go and enjoy. Many jokes were more for the adults, "Butter! Parkay...." and the adults were laughing as much as the kids. I thought the first one was better all around family fun since it was less scary and younger kids could go too, but this was a good sequel.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie Nerd September 29, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Hmm....

Well..It's better than the first part and gave a good hour and half entertainment (not a complete pure humor for kids).Starts lame but ends good.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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