Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Sequel gives new meaning to playing with your food.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 34 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDawn S February 17, 2014

I liked it but...

Some of the innuendos spelled out by other parents - flashing shapes on the robots that look like breasts...the bs-usb drive (wherein bs stands for exactly what... Continue reading
Adult Written byPinkarray April 29, 2020

Where do I even start?

There's so much wrong with this film, I can't even list everything. The only things good about this are the visuals and the cuteness but that's a... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 19, 2020

Extremely boring

They tried so hard to get so much humour in but fails, it feels so awkward
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpyro124 December 26, 2016

Better than the prequel

Honestly, I not a fan of the series as with most things, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was a blast. It had so much creativity and style in the animati... Continue reading

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?

Since the original 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 without 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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