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When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

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Gru (voice)
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Vector (voice)
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Dr. Nefario (voice)
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Gru's Mom (voice)
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Mr. Perkins (voice)
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Miss Hattie (voice)
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Margo (voice)
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Edith (voice)
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Agnes (voice)
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Dave the Minion (voice)
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Fred McDade (voice)
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Tourist Mom (voice)
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Storyline

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Written by Universal Pictures

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9 July 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,664,376 (UK) (15 October 2010)

Gross:

$251,501,645 (USA) (14 January 2011)
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Gru's date of birth is 09.28.1960 as shown in the state adoption file on the computer. This makes him of about 9 years when the moon landing event happened. See more »

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When the pyramid is falling down, the tourists that were standing in front of it disappear. See more »

Quotes

Gru: We have located a shrink ray in a secret lab. And once we take this shrink ray, we will have the capability to pull off the TRUE crime of the century!
[in a sinister tone]
Gru: We... are going to steal...
[the minions pull out their weapons]
Gru: Wait, wait! I haven't told you what it is yet.
[a rocket launcher is fired and hits one of the minions]
Gru: Hey. Dave, listen up, please!
[the hit minion walks over to Dave and punches him]
Gru: [gets on the platform as it rises up to the roof] Next, we are going to steal... ...
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Two minions take turns trying to see how far each one can stretch their arm out into the audience (in 3-D). See more »

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The Way It Is (Vector's Theme)
Written by Pharrell Williams and D.A. Wallach
Performed by D.A. Wallach
Produced by Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes
Courtesy of Star Trak Entertainment / Interscope Records
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Very cute and adorable animated film.
9 July 2010 | by (Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

As a reviewer mentioned, this year is set to be a great year of animated films, much like the previous two years. This is proved with Pixar's unmatched (touching wood) winning streak and Dreamworks' surprise turn "How To Train Your Dragon", which proceeds to continue the ever- increasing "golden years" of computer-animated films. Universal's "Despicable Me" is yet another gem in an already quite-heavy bag of diamonds.

With nice direction, the filmmakers were able to combine two quite unoriginal plots into one with ease and without force, and they managed to add wit, charm and smart humor to it as well. Not to mention heart. I have never heard of the filmmakers before, but this is a heck of a debut from two first-time animated film directors. The humor is also not too over the top, yet utterly hilarious and ingenious when they pop up. Most of the jokes had the entire audience rolling in the aisles. The three girls end up being adorable and lovable characters, as per the main character/protagonist/villain, whom you can't help but cheer on and care for, no matter what he does. Steve Carell is spot-on as Gru and he makes the role funnier than it should be, I mean his voice and humorous style is there behind the funny accent. And what Gru plots and does is beyond ridiculous and far too funny to be deemed "serious" by any cynic. Some hilarious supporting characters round out the primary cast, most notably Gru's assistant Dr. Nefarious played by Russell Brand, and I could not believe Julie Andrews was Gru's mother, I hardly recognized her voice at all! Jason Segel was hilarious as Gru's vain nemesis Vector. And let's not forget the utterly adorable and hilarious minions and their wacky antics.

Technical wise, the animation is gorgeous, bright and nicely rendered with a deft touch of simplicity to it, causing it to be not too overly glossy and polished. This makes the animation look less artificial and more fluid, and this especially shows when it comes to the practical jokes. The music score is just wonderful and suits the moods of the film as they come along. The 3D is great and used quite a number of times in the movie during many effect-driven scenes, which is very impressive considering the poor up-conversion to 3D of MANY movies of late.

Overall, this animated film is a great fun time for the kids and family to see, and even some teens will get many laughs out of it as well. This is a very adorable film, full of charm and heart, and with a funny and lighthearted storyline, and may the powers that be reward this at the box office, if the mediocre "Eclipse" isn't taking all of its viewers already. Looks like Universal's animation days are returning.

Entertainment value: 10/10

Overall: 7.5/10


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