Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Review + Interview With Terry Crews!


When you have young children cartoon movies become a part of the norm in your household.

Recently we were given the opportunity to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2! We have seen the first one many times so we were excited to see it. I actually think my husband was the most excited to see the movie–he was quoting lines from the trailer the entire time prior!

About the movie: Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

The movie was super fun! There are a lot of double meanings and quite honestly the movie was extremely clever. It was almost like there was an adult and a child version of the movie happening simultaneously. I laughed a LOT and I never laugh at kid movies. Usually I spend my time texting (bad Nellie!) or tweeting (even worse!).

The movie focused a lot on imagination and creativity, which I loved because you rarely see those themes present in kid flicks!

I had the opportunity to interview the awesome Terry Crews along with other media to talk a bit about his role as Earl Deveraux, the athletic and protective cop in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.


Q: Did you have any reservations about taking over for Mr. T?

A: He was really nervous, he is a huge fan of Mr. T, He saw Rocky III 5 times in the theater. He was happy to receive a blessing from Mr. T via twitter where he said “We want your best Terry Crews”

Q: How does live acting compare to voice over?

A: They have its own benefits and take backs. It’s easier to show up in the booth but there are other drawbacks to cartoons as well. He believes that cartoons are powerful, he LOVED “The Incredibles!”

Q: *My Question*: The theme of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is imagination. How do you encourage imagination in kids?

A: Kids are automatically imaginative. It is key not to damage the imagination. Parents tend to suck the life out of kids by defining them. They put children back in line based on their own beliefs. They should let the kids enjoy and try everything {different experiences} for example” snowboarding. Parents get caught up in the fact that they don’t like something and they put it on their own kids.

Q: What advice do you have for someone that is transitioning careers?

A: The true key to changing is humility. When you leave one high place do expect to jump into another high place. His first job was a security guard on a set. He had the insight to learn everything he could from that position. “Be willing to start from the bottom”

Q: How is the character Earl Deveraux like you?

A: Very passionate. Earl cares about what happens to his friends and family. Real men must be compassionate. Earl uses his strength and he is not afraid to have feelings.

Q: You have been married for 24 years– What is the key to a successful marriage?

A: You cannot control a person and love them at the same time.

Q: You are a parent to 5 children and one grandbaby, what is one piece of parenting advice that you want to share?

A: Be a kid yourself and see yourself in the eyes of kids.

Q: *My Question* Just to keep things on the lighter side, in the movie your character owned a cupcake shop for a little bit. What is your favorite kind of cupcake?

A: My cheat days are legendary. If I had to choose one cupcake it would be the richest Carrot Cake Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing.

Q: What is your advice for working out?

A: Never be intimidated by the gym. The gym should feel like a spa. You should be excited to go, otherwise you will never stick with it.

Q: How did you celebrate the wrap of the movie Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2?

A: Took the kids to Sony Studios to see the 500 people in a room and all that it actually takes to create an animated movie.


If you have seen the first movie, you will LOVE the second! The movie is great for adults as well as kids.

Would you go see Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2? Are you a Terry Crews fan? What was the last animated movie you saw?




Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. This is way too cool! I can’t wait to see this movie with the boys as they LOVED the first one. I also loved your question AND his answer. Great job! Just from the trailers you can tell it’s cleverly written…”There’s a leek in the boat!” If it weren’t for the genius of the writing I would never want to take my kids to these movies!
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  2. Seriously, this is awesome. Your husband sounds like mine and totally wants to see this movie and do believe we are going to go soon, but could so see him quoting lines before we go see it. Totally going to share your article with him and thank you Nellie for sharing!! :)
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  3. My husband and I watched the first movie even though we don’t have kids and we loved it! We will probably watch the second as well!
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  4. I saw the first was not impressed but the kids loved it and can’t wait to go see this one. Last animated I actually sat down and watched all the way through without interruption……The lion King
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  5. How awesome you got to interview Terry Crews! My kids have been READY for this movie since they first saw the promos on TV! They love the first one! We will probably hit the theaters to see it in a few weeks. I never knew that Mr. T was the officer’s voice in the first one! LOL!
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  6. Such thoughtful answers! I think Scarlet’s mind would be blown if she saw all that goes into making a movie. 500 people! I’d have to see the first to see the second, but yes, I’d see it! And I’d be so excited just like your husband!
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  7. This is great! I’m glad to read a positive review about this movie since my family loved the last one (I think I enjoyed it more). Looking forward to seeing this one. The guard was my favorite character too!
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  8. Wow Nellie! How cool. My kids loved the first one. I’m usually like you (texting and surfing) during kid flicks. I think I’ll take the kiddies to see this one too (although we was part one on DVD). I really like Terry Crews after watching his reality TV show. Is it still on? I really liked it. Awesome post Celebrity Nellie :)
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  9. I don’t know anything about the movie but the interview was cool. Humility is indeed important in any career. I like Terry Crews! Super cool interview!
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  10. My children are DYING to see this movie! They cannot wait! Abby calls it Johnny With A Chance Meatballs! ;)-Ashley
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  11. I heard the first one was good but I never saw it! Honestly I can’t remember the last animated movie I saw. My hubby’s in charge of those.
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  12. We are beyond excited for Meatballs 2!! When we saw planes a couple weeks ago I really enjoyed the trailer and so did my daughter. I personally enjoyed the first one quite a bit. It’s awesome that you got to interview Terry Crews! Congrats!
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  13. I am so excited for this movie. And Earl is easily my favorite character. We actually just watched the original today in preparation for the weekend. I hope we get to fit it in!
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  14. Even though my kids are getting older, we still love the animated movies! Now they get the adult references too sometimes!

    • hahah oh my gosh! I don’t think I’m ready for that!! I want to keep them as innocent as possible, while I giggle at the adult stuff 😉

  15. Wasn’t the movie awesome?! Moo is ready to see it again and we just went to the screening Saturday. I think Terry did a great job of embracing Earl as a character and Mr T would be proud!
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  16. Super cool! I wondered about that movie. Would love to take my son. I know some adults who are crazy excited about seeing this movie! LOL
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