In the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film, which turned a 32-page children's book into an unexpected critical darling, young inventor Flint (Bill Hader) concocted a gizmo that turns water into whatever foodstuffs he wants. Cue an unnatural disaster: The machine went berserk and flung giant meatballs at the town, keeping Flint so frantic he couldn’t seal the deal with Sam (Anna Faris), a cute, glasses-wearing weather girl. The sequel starts seconds after the climatic food fight. Flint’s a hero, but his home is a mess. Enter his hero, TV scientist Chester V (Will Forte), a Twizzler-slim, goateed guru. Chester is the inventor of his own life-changing pocket-sized rectangle: a food bar. Though busy tinkering with an update, the Food Bar 8.0, Chester promises a solution the citizens can't resist: He'll send his minions to scrape off the cheese and temporarily relocate everyone to the city of San Franjose. Forget the plot. It's above-average cute stuff that celebrates friendship and brains as Flint, Sam, and their crew-- a moron in a chicken suit (Andy Samberg), a multitasking cameraman (Benjamin Bratt), a monkey, and Flint's monobrowed dad (James Caan)-- return to the island, discover Chester's secret plans, and blah blah blah hugs hugs high fives. What matters is what they find there: puns. Chewandswallow 2.0 is a produce-aisle Avatar ruled by wordplay. There's hippotatomuses, shrimpanzees, fruit cockatiels, and apple piethons. By the time a marshmallow blinks its goggle-eyes and curls up with a flock of mini-marshmallow babies, you may be convinced you've wandered into the ultimate Japanese grocery store-- or perhaps snuck in a very special brownie. The movie takes its comic cues from The Muppets and Pee Wee's Playhouse, kids' shows that ripen as their audience matures.
Cody Cameron, Kris PearnBill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin BrattJohn Francis Daley, Jonathan M. GoldsteinKirk BodyfeltSony Pictures