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Despicable Me

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2010
  • Pierre Coffin
  • 90 mins
  • U

Summary

Animated comedy featuring the voice of Steve Carell. Behind the seemingly tranquil façade of small-town America, super-criminal Gru plots his biggest heist yet: to steal the Moon. But an encounter with orphan sisters Margo, Edith and Agnes proves that even the most dastardly villain has a soft centre.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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GruSteve Carell
VectorJason Segel
Dr NefarioRussell Brand
Miss HattieKristen Wiig
MargoMiranda Cosgrove
Mr PerkinsWill Arnett
Gru's momJulie Andrews
EdithDana Gaier
AgnesElsie Fisher
Fred McDadeDanny McBride (2)
Tourist dad / carnival barkerJack McBrayer
Minions Tim, Bob, Mark, Phil, StuartPierre Coffin
Minion DaveChris Renaud
Minion Jerry Jemaine Clement
Egyptian guardKen Daurio
Talk show hostKen Jeong
Tourist momMindy Kaling

Crew

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DirectorPierre Coffin
DirectorChris Renaud
DirectorSergio Pablos

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Released on
2010-10-15
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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