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Despicable Me

anime & animation, children & family, comedy

Vying to be World's Greatest Villain, Gru and his crew of hilarious minions plot the crime of the century: steal the moonbut he meets his match when three little girls steal his heart.

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Despicable Me centers around a supervillain (voiced by Steve Carell) who adopts three girls for the sole purpose of infiltrating his nemesis' house. Yes, you can expect mild insults like "stupid" and "poop" and a lot of action sequences involving high-tech weapons that blast things to smithereens, as well as some scenes that imply injury -- although no one is ever killed or seriously injured. But the most potentially disturbing aspect of the movie is the way that adoption is depicted -- at least at first. Families with adopted children may feel extra-sensitive about the way that orphans, orphanage directors, and the entire adoption process is handled. It's all played for laughs, yes, but some of it feels a little grim. Still, the movie's overall message is that even someone considered "evil" can have a change of heart, and that's a good lesson, considering that most movies portray good and evil as absolutes. (Note: The movie is being shown in 3-D in some theaters, which could make certain portions more intense for young viewers.)

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the fact that this story centers around a "villain" instead of a "hero." Is that typical? How does Gru change over the course of the movie? What happens that affects his attitude?
  • How are orphans depicted in the movie? What about orphanages? Do you think that's how orphans must be treated/feel? Name some other famous orphans in movies and books.
  • How does the cartoon action in this movie compare to others you've seen? Does this kind of media violence have more or less impact than what's in live-action movies? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Trying to turn bad into good-bad results in wonky entertainment.

- Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia, Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fresh: One of the year's most likeable family entertainments.

- Tom Huddleston, Time Out, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Despicable Me tells the story ofGru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. he world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. The movie is entertaining, funny and enjoyable. It has a very good animation. The story is original and the plot is very well developed. It has a very good rhythm, it keeps you entertain for an hour an a half. The cast of voices is great. Steve Carell is Gru, Jason Segel as Vector, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo and Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario everyone delivering very good performances. In conclusion, Despicable Me is a movie to enjoy and better in the 3-D version. Totally worthy and fully recommendable.

- barrys, Friday, November 5, 2010

3 stars

I'm done with 3D, but since they weren't showing a 2D version, and I was bored on a Friday evening, I decided to go anyway. Don't expect to much of a story and too many laughs, and you won't be disappointed. A mediocre but enjoyable movie.

- Saxia, Wednesday, October 27, 2010

4 stars

"Light bulb!" 'Despicable Me' is the first feature film made by the somewhat new film production company called Illumination Entertainment. What I've understood is that the company concentrates solely on animations. And what a beginning they've had! Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are first time directors (Renaud has worked on the Ice Age franchise as well as 'Horton' and 'Robots') and all I can say is that this film is a breath of fresh air to the animation industry! It's 70's style with its visual image and music, funny characters and high-class voice performances make this a winner! Gru (Steve Carell) is evil. He'll make a young kid cry just for the fun of it, he hates queing so much that he'll freeze the customers in front of him with a freeze gun. But his not entirely bad, he'll tip the coffee shop worker... His only purpose is to become the greatest villain of all time. At the beginning of the film, it is shown that one of the pyramids in Egypt has been stolen. Gru didn't do this but another guy that calls himself Vector (Jason Segel), a sweatsuited, pottyhaired kiddo. Gru decides to go for the biggest thing ever... Steal the moon! But it won't be easy, that's for sure... I liked this film a lot. I guess those of you who know me by now, are used of me giving high ratings to animated movies. Sure, I like animations like any other bald, ex-military, 30+ year old guy who hasn't got kids yet. But 'Despicable Me' did the same thing to me as several other (animated) films before this one. It entertained the hell out of me, made me laugh to new and old jokes and was a pleasure to look at. Steve Carell and Russell Brand are hilarious in their respective parts. Both of 'em were kinda unrecognizable in their roles, Carell has an accent that reminds me of a mental Bela Lugosi and Brand I do not know that much of yet. I've only seen him in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', co-starring Jason Segel, who also appears in 'Despicable Me'. In fact, all of the key performers had some new voices to deliver because I surely know Julie Andrews but even she was strange to me. But to get to my point, the entire cast deliver big time. Fun to look at and fun to hear. The animation then? These days, none of the big animations look bad. They all look different, with their own visual style, characters etc. But they all look astonishing and 'Despicable Me' is no exception. I saw this film in 3D and it looked amazing just as the previous animations I've seen this year ('Toy Story 3', 'Shrek 4', 'Up', 'Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs'...). The key persons have their own funny characteristics. A lot of fine detail. And who could forget the small Minions... When I saw the trailer for this movie maybe 4-6 months ago, I wasn't that enthusiastic about it. Maybe it was clear to me that at some point, some animated feature would fail big time. The winning streak is unbeliavable at this point. I can't recall when was the last time I saw something other than a A class feature"? 'Chicken Little' perhaps? I went to the movies with the presumption to be disappointed but from the first minute when the redneck Americans got to the pyramids, I loved it. 'Despicable Me' will surely make it to my Blu-Ray collection. Enjoy.

- TheMachinist, Saturday, October 23, 2010