Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and the gang is back in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2." Flint destroyed his infamous machine that turns water into food and saved his town, Swallow Falls. But the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator or the FLDSMDF is back with a vengeance, creating food-animal hybrids. The foodimals! Flint embarks on a journey to stop the FLDSMDF, but he'll need all the help he can get.
Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), Tim Lockwood (James Caan), Officer Earl (Terry Crews), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Brent (Andy Samberg), and Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) band together to help Flint, who's also trying to impress his new boss, Chester V (Will Forte).
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" (PG, 95min) is offered in 3D, but the movie could have utilized more 3D effects in the film. Aside from that, the movie is full of vivid and rich colors, especially with Swallow Falls overrun with foodimals, which were created with a lot of imagination and fun.
This is a great movie for children, no doubt. It's fun and funny, adventurous and thrilling enough. They will definitely enjoy seeing the different kinds of foodimals. If they saw the first movie, they will enjoy seeing the cast back in action, but this movie stands on it own and will be fun for kids who's never seen the first movie.
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" has plot twists here and there that will surprise children, but everyone else can see a mile away. Otherwise, it is straightforward, with clear lessons in family, friendship, believing in yourself, and looking past appearances.