It’s strange to say it, but unlike everyone who panicked about the Transformers movies destroying their childhood memories or M. Knight Shyamalan ruining a beloved TV series, I was incredibly weary of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs being adapted to the silver screen. It was one of the few books I loved as a child and I still have a copy of it and it’s sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, today. While it does deviate heavily from the plot of the book, the first Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was a wonderful movie that all ages could enjoy. This time Phil Lord and Chris Miller stepped aside, executive producing, and let a new team write and direct the sequel.
After unleashing a powerful food storm on his home of Swallow Falls, Flint Lockwood and his fellow citizens have found themselves relocated while his childhood hero Chester V and his company Live Corp are tasked with the clean-up of the island. Not only that, but Flint’s dream of working at Live Corp is finally going to be realized. He’s also finally in a relationship with Sam Sparks, everything seems to be going his way.
Not everything is perfect though. Flint’s father misses his home and his fishing and Flint is discovering that not everything is perfect at Live Corp. Then Flint has his chance to prove himself when he’s sent on a top secret mission to recover the FLDSMDFR and stop the deadly Cheese-Spiders from destroying Lady Liberty. Along the way he’ll have to deal with his friends and family that refused to stay away and the hordes of food creatures that now roam throughout Swallow Falls.
While Cloudy 2 could sustain itself with its fun plot alone, what elevates it to one of the great family movies is the humor. While I’m usually opposed to puns, the constant barrage food creatures with puns for names were funny and done with a clear wink and nod that most puns are lame. Couple that with quality jokes and references that most kids probably wouldn’t get, like the extended Three Stooges joke with the pickles, and you’re left with a movie that had me laughing almost constantly.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 does what so few sequels manage to, it captures the magic and fun of the first while providing a natural continuation of the plot that doesn’t just rehash themes and plot points. Just as Flint grew in the first movie, the second deals with his the next round of troubles that life would throw at him, it just does it with food creatures and iRobots. This year has been incredible for children’s movies and Cloudy 2 is yet another that the entire family can enjoy.
In Theaters: September 27, 2013
Runtime: 95 min
Rating: Rated PG for mild rude humor
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Official Site: http://www.cloudy-movie.com/site/