Box art for Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

anime & animation, comedy


Following the disastrous food storm at the end of the first movie, Flint Lockwood and friends are forced to leave their town of Swallow Falls. Discovering sentient food beasts have overrun the island, they are asked to return to save the world again.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    70%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Sequel gives new meaning to playing with your food.

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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: By the time a marshmallow blinks its goggle-eyes, you may be convinced you've wandered into the ultimate Japanese grocery store - or perhaps snuck in a very special brownie

- Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fresh: Honestly, anyone who can pull off a running joke about leeks that does not make you gag, and is in fact a silly delight, deserves props.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fresh: It's all very cute and awesomely disgusting, like a 9-year-old stuffing his face full of food and then pressing his cheeks to make it all explode out. (Nine-year-olds still do that, right?)

- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, Friday, September 27, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Something big was leftover. Good Entertainment! Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, a film that gives Flint Lockwood and the gang an extra journey to this whimsical world. And surprisingly, it turns out to be all fun with wonderful animation and some memorable humor, especially when it involves puns. It's still extravagant for it to have a sequel, but if you're hungry for more of these delightful characters and their preposterous adventures, then this film is a worthwhile treat. After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world.

- MANUGINO, Sunday, January 19, 2014