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MINIONS: RISE OF GRU Gets Chinese Release Date

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MINIONS: RISE OF GRU Gets Chinese Release Date

By Movieguide® Contributor

MINIONS: RISE OF GRU earned an official release date in China on August 19, the first American-made movie to debut in China since JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION. 

The U.S. and China have clashed in recent years over COVID, human rights violations and data security, which led to the country barring many U.S. films from being released in China. They also temporarily banned movies from Korea and India, but have recently allowed a few releases from those countries to be shown in China. 

Some think China has allowed RISE OF GRU to premiere in the country due to their lower box office numbers. 

According to Variety, the DESPICABLE ME franchise has made millions in China. DESPICABLE ME 2 earned $52.9 million, DESPICABLE ME 3 took in $158 million, and MINIONS made $68.5 million.

Movieguide®’s review of MINIONS: RISE OF GRU reads:

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU is an animated comedy in the DESPICABLE ME franchise. In the movie, Gru is a boy who longs to be a supervillain. Gru wants to join the Vicious 6, but they tease him because of his young age. So, he steals the Zodiac Stone from them. Furious, they chase after him, but Gru gives the stone to a minion, who loses it. Will Gru find the missing stone, or will the Vicious 6 destroy him?

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU is a funny, entertaining movie. However, it has a mixed worldview. For example, it contains New Age elements, such as battling over a Zodiac Stone with special powers. Set in the 1970s, the movie talks about a guru and the STAR WARS idea of using “the force.” This content is mixed with some moral, redemptive elements stressing sacrifice and helping others, even if it puts you in danger. At his core, Gru is just someone who wants a family. The villains in MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU are scary. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children.

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