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.
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?