Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me) and Chris Renaud (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax)


Voices of Steve Carell as Gru; Kristen Wiig as Lucy; Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo/El Macho

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Despicable Me 2

Gru—the former supervillain who once temporarily stole the moon—is now a loving dad to three adorable girls. Instead of world domination, he focuses on school projects and bedtime kisses.

But just as Gru starts to get the hang of fatherhood, the secretive Anti-Villain League needs him to think like a bad guy again. It seems somebody stole an arctic research lab and its dangerous monster serum. Only Gru can track down the villain and save the world, with zany secret agent Lucy Wilde by his side.

This animated comedy is packed with sweet messages about adoption, parenting and growing families. Gru loves his daughters completely, even going so far as to embarrass himself to make them happy.

The goofy yellow minions are back, with more wordless gags. Two minions dress like girls, then cover themselves with their hands when their clothes disappear. Another minion drops his towel, revealing a bare backside. There’s a quick joke about booby traps, and a longer gag featuring fart guns.

There’s quite a bit of silly, over-the-top slapstick violence in Despicable Me 2. In a flashback, an infamous villain rides a shark into an erupting a volcano with 250 pounds of dynamite strapped to his chest. Minions bop each other with clubs. A chicken pecks Gru in the face. He also gets shocked by a Taser that knocks him out cold. Later, he’s hit with flames and darts while breaking into a secret hideout. Several minions transform into wild, indestructible (but still silly) beasts after being injected with the monster serum. Lucy knocks out Gru’s obnoxious date with moose tranquilizer.

Aside from the occasional fart gun, there’s nothing truly despicable about Despicable Me 2. Gru gave up being a bad guy the day he embraced his role as an adoptive father. Still, the movie is packed with action, minion jokes and fun characters who love each other.

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