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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

Cute and funny. A very good entertaining movie to the family.

- fb100002359227440, Monday, July 23, 2012

4 stars

Cute and funny. A very good entertaining movie to the family.

- fb100002359227440, Monday, July 23, 2012

3 stars

Funny and cute as hell, 'Despicable Me' ends up being a cut above the average family-oriented animated flick.

- fb100002384654145, Thursday, July 19, 2012