When Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs debuted in 2009, no one expected that the animated feature would turn into the sleeper comedy of the summer.

But children and parents alike were enthralled by the antics of Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), an inventor whose brainstorms—spray-on shoes, remote-controlled television, a hair un-balder—always fell short. That is, until he created the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (FLDSMDFR), an invention that transformed water into food. His fellow citizens of Swallow Falls loved it, until their greed caused it to go bananas and buried the island under tonnes of leftovers. Fortunately, Flint, his pet monkey, Steve, and ace weather reporter Samantha Sparks (Anna Faris) managed to destroy FLDSMDFR and saved the world from a massive spaghetti tornado—or so they thought.

We find in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, that the food-making machine was not destroyed. Instead, FLDSMDFR's created deadly food monsters. Can Flint put a stop to the machine before it's too late?

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Kids will gobble up this fantastic sequel, which features animals with such rib-tickling names as tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons.

But while played for laughs, Cloudy 2 illustrates a serious concept: taking responsibility for our actions. Flint's invention was created for good, but it almost destroyed the world, and he risks everything to undo the damage he'd unintentionally caused.

Every decision we make—large and small—has repercussions. Will a word thoughtlessly spoken wound someone? Will an action have an unintended reaction? “People reap what they sow” (Galatians 6:7) is as true now as in Jesus' time, and we all need to take it to heart, whether dealing with family, schoolmates, colleagues … or leftover meatballs.

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