Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Pierre Coffin (2010)

90min
U Certificate
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Review

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This wonderfully inventive animated yarn tells the story of ruthless baddie Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), who finds his position as the world's greatest villain threatened by up-and-coming youngster Vector (Jason Segel). To re-establish himself as top dog, Gru and his boffin sidekick Dr Nefario (Russell Brand) hatch a plot to steal the Moon. Gru adopts a trio of young sisters from the local orphanage to help him infiltrate Vector's lair and purloin his shrink-gun gizmo to accomplish his evil plan. But a growing bond with the orphans threatens to soften Gru's resolve. The ingenious gadgetry and retro-futurist design is reminiscent of Pixar's The Incredibles and, in common with several of that studio's films, Despicable Me also boasts a well-crafted subplot about the importance of family. The film is constantly laugh-out-loud funny, and the voice cast (which also includes Julie Andrews as Gru's disapproving mother) is exemplary. And prepare to fall head-over-heels in love with the impossibly cute "minions", Gru's diminutive yellow helpers.

Summary

A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him - but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

Cast & Crew

Gru Steve Carell
Vector Jason Segel
Dr Nefario Russell Brand
Gru's mother Julie Andrews
Mr Perkins Will Arnett
Miss Hattie Kristen Wiig
Jerry the minion Jemaine Clement
Fred McDade Danny McBride
Director Pierre Coffin
Director Chris Renaud
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Universal Pictures Int (UK)Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Oct 2010
Drama Comedy Children's