(2013) (voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Action: Inventor Flint Lockwood and his friends return to their quarantined island to find that his infamous weather machine is still operational and churning out weird food-animal hybrids.
- Immediately following the events of the first film, the island of Swallow Falls is quarantined after Flint Lockwood's (voice of BILL HADER) weather machine causes everything from cheeseburgers to donuts to spaghetti to rain down on it and various points around the world. The Live Corp. has been contracted for the clean-up under the guidance of legendary inventor and CEO Chester V (voice of WILL FORTE). Chester along with his talking ape assistant, Barb (voice of KRISTEN SCHAAL) immediately orders all of Swallow Falls' residents to leave the island and offers Flint a job at his Northern California headquarters.
Flint happily accepts and moves to the West Coast with his fisherman father, Tim Lockwood (voice of JAMES CAAN); his new girlfriend, meteorologist Sam Sparks (voice of ANNA FARIS); her jack-of-all-trades cameraman, Manny (voice of BENJAMIN BRATT); former Swallow Falls police officer, Earl (voice of TERRY CREWS); Flint's mischievous monkey, Steve (voice of NEIL PATRICK HARRIS); and former local celebrity mascot, Brent (voice of ANDY SAMBERG). Flint doesn't quite fit in with the corporate culture at Live Corp., though, and flames out when trying to win a contest for promotion.
The secretly evil Chester, though, intends to use Flint for his own wicked purposes. Flint's weather machine is apparently still active somewhere on Swallow Falls and is now churning out weird food-animal hybrids such as Tacodiles; shrimpanzees; fla-mangos; and a walking, cooing strawberry named Barry (voice of CODY CAMERON). The island's entire ecosystem has been altered as a result. Flint, his dad, and friends believe they are returning to Swallow Falls to destroy the machine and save their homes. Chester, though, has a completely different plan once the device is found.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Yes, indeed. The film should have a fairly broad appeal among elementary-school kids and tweens, especially if they liked the first movie.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For mild rude humor.
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