Story

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 begins as young inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is invited to work with his idol, Chester V (Will Forte) at the Live Corp Company. This is a place of innovation, which aims to improve human life through scientific design. The company has been asked to clean up an island after a food storm caused by Flint’s most recent invention, which aimed to turn water into food. In fact, it caused food to come to life in the form of creatures known as ‘foodimals’. Chester sends Flint out on a mission to find his old machine and destroy the apparently dangerous foodimals.

Chester tells Flint to keep the operation secret, but Flint tells his good friends and they come along to help. Once they arrive on the jungle-like island and encounter the foodimals, Flint and his friends realise that the foodimals aren’t dangerous as Chester has said. The foodimals just want to live in harmony with their family and friends. Flint wants to obey Chester and can’t see that his mentor has a hidden agenda, but he slowly comes to believe his own friends. He makes the difficult decision to protect the foodimals from Chester.

Themes

Friendship; good versus evil; acceptance of diversity; invention and science

Violence

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has some mild animated violence. For example:

  • Flint throws his monkey into a vortex that is supposed to transport them to the island. The monkey shoots back out almost immediately and seems to have been electrocuted. He turns out to be OK.
  • A giant taco with teeth chases the group and tries to bite and eat them.
  • Chester gets eaten by a large cheeseburger foodimal near the end of the movie.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example, some of the foodimals look quite frightening at first. The giant tacos have large sharp teeth and look as if they want to eat Flint and his friends. 

From 5-8

Some of the younger children in this age group might also be scared by some of the foodimals. 

From 8-13

Nothing of concern 

Over 13

Nothing of concern 

Sexual references

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has some very limited sexual references. For example, Monkey, Flint’s pet and companion, drinks some coffee and burns himself. He says, ‘Hot!’ A woman walks past at the same time and says, ‘Not so bad yourself, Monkey’. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern 

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern 

Product placement

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 shows some branded food products. Merchandise associated with the movie is also being marketed to children. 

Coarse language

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has some very mild coarse language that young children might copy. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an animated adventure about friendship and trust. Flint allows himself to be manipulated by Chester, and because he idealises Chester, Flint forgets that his true friends are the ones who really care about him.

The movie also shows that situations are not always as simple as they seem. It suggests that everyone should think for themselves, rather than just accepting other people’s opinions.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is generally a family-friendly movie, although there are a few scenes that might be scary for children under six years.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • trusting in your friends and not taking the people you love for granted
  • never doubting your own abilities
  • believing that everyone – no matter how inexperienced – can make a worthwhile contribution to society
  • seeing other people for who they really are, without either idealising them or putting them down.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as:

  • balancing independence with relationships with friends and family
  • accepting difference, rather than destroying or fearing those who are different.