A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru (Steve Carell), who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But immediately after Gru heists the shrink-ray, the cunning super-nerd Vector (Jason Segel) swoops in and snatches it right out of his hands. Now, in order to claim the moon, Gru must first reacquire the weapon from Vector. Armed with the knowledge that his nemesis has a mean sweet tooth, Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher), and Edith (Dana Gaier) and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to carry out the biggest heist in history, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns. They actually seem to care about Gru, and it turns out the scheming evildoer makes a pretty good father. When Gru realizes that his upcoming moon mission clashes with a ballet performance by the girls, he must decide what's more important -- being a present parent or cementing his nefarious reputation once and for all.~Jason Buchanan
A family friendly entertainer that thoroughly captures beautifully all the innocence, vulnerability and wonder of childhood with complete conviction. Steve Carell adds much to the character of Gru, who is loopy and droll. Catch it if you are looking to have a good time.
My fiance and I caught part of this movie on TV and laughed so hard. We enjoyed the little we saw so much, that I bought it so we could watch it all any time we wanted! The movie itself is a lot of fun, as are the extras, and we don't even have kids. But we do have a nephew who is 5 and this movie gave us a lot of ammunition for buying presents (e.g., a minion that talks and f@rts! The f@rt blaster is on the list of presents for Christmas. His parents love us!) Anyway, back to the movie, it's nice to watch a fun, entertaining, clean movie and be a kid again. In addition, it's a very sweet story with well developed characters that you hope the best for. If you have just a little sense of humor, this movie will trigger it, and if you have a heart, this movie will touch it.
This review is from Despicable Me [3 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD]