Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
2013
**½
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal

After the mayhem of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Flint’s greatest idol Chester V and his Live Corp evacuate Swallow Falls, allegedly to clean up the mess. However, some time later Flint and his friends are sent back to the island where his destructive food machine is still in operation, now producing monstrous food-animal hybrids, such as shrimpanzees and tacodiles. This mechanical and repetitive sequel has very little to add to the original, apart from some inventively silly hybrids/puns. The character arcs were covered in the first one and now they have no room to develop. On the contrary, the second film not only turns Flint into an irritating dummy and his friends into tiresome comedy sidekicks but also introduces a charmless and creepy villain.