I was quite excited when I heard that the children's classic Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was being made into a movie.
I was even more thrilled when I found out there was a sequel - and that I won tickets to a special, 3-D preview showing from a local news station.
Getting there was a bit of a challenge, but that just the movie that much sweeter. It's quite different from the book sequel, but I expected that. In the movie version Flint Lockwood finds that the food has continued to mutate and is now alive. Convinced that the food wants to learn to swim and attack the Statue of Liberty, Flint sets off with is friends to stop it.
With talking, walking food in a mutated jungle, this movie is pure adventure - at its funniest. The main characters are back from the first movie, with the addition of a few others, and there are punch lines galore.
While we appreciated the lighthearted laughter that the movie evoked, and as much fun as it was to laugh with my family the whole way through, that's not the best part of Cloudy 2. There are real life lessons in this movie - cloaked in humor and dressed up in edible disguises, but they're there nonetheless.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Never trust a bad guy.
2. Idol worship is bad, no matter what or who the idol is.
3. It's okay to be yourself.
4. A true friend is very valuable.
5. Appearances can be deceiving.
6. Protect the ones you love.
7. Work together.
8. Listen to the advice of a true friend.
9. Try new things.
10. Creativity is cool.
With all of the creative food creatures in this movie, we might just have to go and make a few of our own!
Thanks, WRAL, for great tickets to a fun movie.
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