DESPICABLE ME 2
Hilarious and Heartfelt
Starring: The Voices of Steven Carell,
Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt,
Miranda Cosgrove, Russell
Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken
Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana
Gaier, Moises Arias, Pierre
Coffin, Chris Renaud
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
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Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures
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Gru, a reformed bad guy, has decided he loves his three adopted daughters, and he’s going to try to go straight by making jellies and jams. Things are just not working out, however. The jellies and jams, however, are awful. Dr. Nefario can’t stand being good and gets another offer to join another villain. Even worse, there’s a new villain who stole an entire arctic laboratory where a new formula converts sweet little animals into horrible monsters.
A top secret international organization can’t stop the new villain, so they decide to recruit Gru. After all, who can stop a villain better than another villain? The MI-6 type organization is called the Anti-Villain League or AVL. They send one of their new agents, Lucy, to recruit Gru. Lucy, like Lucille Ball in I LOVE LUCY, is excessive in all her aspects of being a cunning secret agent. She drops Gru with a lipstick taser, hauls him off in her submarine car to an underwater facility run by AVL’s leader, Mr. Ramsbottom, whom Gru calls Sheepsbottom.
After a birthday party for Agnes goes wrong, where Gru is embarrassed that he must dress up as a fairy princess because the actress he hired failed to show, Gru decides to join AVL. Lucy and Gru stake out the Paradise Mall by starting a bake shop. Every character in the mall is a potential villain, but Gru gets a glimpse of one of them and believes he may be El Macho, the most macho villain of all time, who everyone thought was dead years ago.
The plot thickens when: someone kidnaps Gru’s minions and starts to inject them with the formula, turning them into monsters; Gru gets distracted from his mission because his oldest daughter, Margo, falls in love with the owner of the salsa shop’s son; and, Lucy and Gru, who started hating each other, develop an attraction to one another.
Can Gru rescue the minions? Will he ever settle down and get married?
DESPICABLE ME 2 is laugh-out-loud funny. Yet, it has incredible cuteness and heart. Every form of villainy is refuted, family is affirmed, doing the right thing is affirmed, and good triumphs over evil. The three little girls Margo, Edith, and Agnes are delightful. They are the most real cartoon girls ever imagined. The minions break out in song, which is intelligibly unintelligible. Some of the songs are big hits translated into minion language.
There are too many good things to say about DESPICABLE ME 2. However, it should be noted there’s cartoon upper body nudity when El Macho shows off his hairy chest and the minions where various costumes, and there’s a fart gun. These are typical Loony Toon funny moments that are transcended by all the good values and the heart and soul of the movie.
DESPICABLE ME 2 would be five, six, seven, or eight stars if MOVIEGUIDE(r) ratings went that high. Little children may find some of it scary, but ages five and up will find it delightful.
DESPICABLE ME 2 is laugh-out-loud funny. Yet, it has incredible cuteness and heart. Every form of villainy is refuted, family is affirmed, doing the right thing is affirmed, and good triumphs. There are many good things to say about DESPICABLE ME 2. However, there’s cartoon upper body nudity when the villain shows off his hairy chest, and there’s a fart gun. These are typical Loony Toon funny moments that they are transcended by the good values, heart, soul in DESPICABLE ME 2.