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MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

"The Groovy Rise of a Comical Supervillain"

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What You Need To Know:

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.

Content:

(Pa, FR, B, C, VV, N, M) :

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview with New Age elements such as obtaining a “Zodiac Stone” with special powers, mentions of a guru, a reference to the Chinese New Year, and a character does yoga, mixed with moral, redemptive, pro-family elements stressing sacrifice, loyalty, loving others, and finding a family

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Lots of cartoon action, slapstick violence, such as a character’s hand gets bashed in wall, character falls from a great height, character destroys a house, a character is set on fire, chases, and fighting

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
Animated character’s butt crack shown

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Stealing and kidnapping, and the supervillains are scary and become more scary toward the end.

More Detail:

In MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, Gru is just a boy who longs to be a villain, but when he leaves his minions to do so, he realizes he needs them. A funny, entertaining movie, MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU has some scary villains and some New Age elements about finding a “Zodiac Stone,” which has special powers, but it also has some positive moral, redemptive elements about sacrifice, helping others and finding a family.

Gru has always wanted to be a super villain, but when he tells the other students in his school, they tease him about it. When Gru goes home, his mother isn’t interested in talking to him or spending time with him. Gru goes down to the basement, where all the minions are there to support and help him. He soon finds out that the Vicious 6 need another villain, and they’ve asked Gru to come in for an interview. Gru tells the minions he no longer needs them, since he is making the big time now. The minions are distraught and decide to follow Gru, but without him knowing.

Once Gru arrives, the Vicious 6 tease him, saying that Gru is just a child, but just then he steals the Zodiac Stone from them. The group, who is fierce and extremely villainous, come racing after Gru to retrieve the Zodiac Stone. Thus, it’s a good thing the minions followed Gru, because they are able to save him from the supervillains. However, during the chase, Gru gave the stone to a minion, who lost it.

Gru is so furious, he leaves the minions for good, only to be kidnapped by a villain named Wild Knuckles, who takes Gru to San Francisco. Wild Knuckles was once a member of the Vicious 6, but they kicked him out and took the Zodiac Stone from him. So, of course, Wild Knuckles wants the stone from Gru and wants to destroy the Vicious 6.

However, the minions don’t know where the stone went. Will the minions be able to find the stone and save Gru from the Vicious 6?

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU has New Age elements centered on a plot of finding a Zodiac Stone, which will give special powers to anyone who uses it. The movie also mentions the Chinese New Year, a Yoga Guru and using an inner force to defeat others. Despite all this, the movie also has moral, redemptive elements stressing sacrifice and helping others, even if it puts you in danger. At his core, Gru really isn’t a villain. He’s just someone who wants a family.

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU is a funny, entertaining movie but has some characters and action violence that may scare younger children. The minions themselves are cute, hilarious, adorable, and loyal, but the villains in the movie are very scary and grow to be even scarier toward the end. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger and older children.

Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

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