CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
OCTOBER 19, 2013

Nowhere near as imaginative as the original, “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2” is entirely uninspired and uses the same old tricks to deliver an average sequel to a highly entertaining and quirky first film. Where the original “Cloudy” took a beloved children’s book and gave it a life all its own, highlighting moments from the story but ultimately creating a unique universe, the first film was hilarious. It was beloved by children and parents alike. “Cloudy 2” does little to expand on that humor and takes an average and formulaic story arc and drives it into the ground. I do applaud the allusions to “Jurassic Park” with Sam Sparks’ attire reflecting that of Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler from the original Spielberg classic, as well as some situational humor that reflects the iconic film. With the entire voice cast returning, save for Mr. T as the local police officer (replaced by Terry Crews), you would think the movie would be strong enough to live up to its previous installment. Still, with food joke after blatant food joke (“there’s a leak in the boat”) and walking and talking food-imals (food animals), the film feels forced and far too strange to be enjoyed. But if you enjoy talking pickles in the Three Stooges’ likeness and a lack of intelligent humor that was abundant in the original, then maybe “Cloudy 2” is for you. For the rest of us, this children’s film replaces completely average and unworthy of anymore exploration.

RELEASE DATE
September 27, 2013

DIRECTOR
Cody Cameron
Kris Pearn

WRITTEN BY
John Francis Daley
Jonathan Goldstein
Erica Rivinoja
Phil Lord (story)
Christopher Miller (story)

BASED ON
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
by Judi Barrett & Ron Barrett

STUDIO
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Releasing

PG
(for mild rude humor

ANIMATION
ADVENTURE
COMEDY
FAMILY
FANTASY
SCI-FI

90 minutes

COMPOSER
Mark Mothersbaugh

EDITOR
Robert Fisher, Jr.

CAST
Bill Hader
Anna Faris
James Caan
Will Forte
Andy Samberg
Benjamin Bratt
Neil Patrick Harris
Terry Crews
Kristen Schaal

PRODUCED BY
Pam Marsden
Kirk Bodyfelt

BUDGET
$78 million

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