Maddy’s Movies Review: “Cloudy With A Chance of a Meatballs 2” is overflowing with adorable-ness and puns.

Maddy Mesa

UPWEB_MM_CloudyMeatballsMOVIE GRADE: B

This weekend, if movies about Formula One racing and pornography aren’t really your thing, then go see “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.” It’s adorable, awesome and makes you laugh.

For those of you who have seen the first one (which is equally adorable) — the sequel picks up right where it left off, and all your favorite characters are back like Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), Tim Lockwood (James Caan), Brent McHale (Andy Samberg), Officer Earl Devereaux (Terry Crews), Manny (Benjamin Bratt) and of course Steve the monkey (Neil Patrick Harris).

And for those who haven’t, don’t worry. The sequel does a great job catching you up, so you know everything you need to to enjoy this film. But here’s a little background for ya (may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen the first film so just skip ahead to the next paragraph).

After the gang has successfully shut off the “Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator,”  or FLDSMDFR for short, giant food and meals stop falling on the island town of Chewandswallow (formerly known as Swallow Falls), and the day is saved.

Residents of the town Chewandswallow now deal with the problem of oversized foods and meals overflowing on their island. Enter scientists and Flint’s idol Chester V (Will Forte) who has offered the residents of Chewandswallow to relocate to the city of San Franjose (I know right?) while the team clean up the island.

But things aren’t going so well for the scientist and Flint and his friends must head back to island where it is believed that Flint’s FLDSMDFR machine is creating animal like food or ‘Foodimals.”

This movie is so cute. The characters are cute, the lines are funny and cute, and all the “Foodimals” are the cutest things you will ever see! In other words, the emphasis is on ‘cute.’ It makes you wish that Shrimpanzees, Cheespiders, Tacodiles, Cockatiels and Meatbalrus actually exist.

There are some seriously funny puns running throughout the movie — albeit they’re a little predictable, but still generate a laugh. The now overplayed line from the trailers “There’s a leak in the boat!” and seeing an actual leek scream in terror is still funny.

And the attention to details among the ‘Foodimals’ and the island environment is perfect. Nothing is left un-foodable (foodified?) in this new island environment and Flint must decide whether these foodimals are harmless or dangerous creatures trying to destroy Lady Liberty.

So if you’re looking for a light movie that will make you laugh without the awkwardness of pornography (sorry, “Don Jon”) then go see “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.” Otherwise you can wait for the DVD and make all the foodimal creations you want at home.

I give this movie two and a half out of four strawberries. Or a B.