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Despicable Me (2010)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  9 July 2010 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gru (voice)
Vector (voice)
Dr. Nefario (voice)
Gru's Mom (voice)
Mr. Perkins (voice)
Miss Hattie (voice)
Margo (voice)
Edith (voice)
Agnes (voice)
Dave the Minion (voice)
Fred McDade (voice)
Tourist Mom (voice)


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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Some call him bad, "they" call him dad. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor and mild action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi villano favorito  »

Box Office


$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,397,125 (USA) (9 July 2010)


$251,501,645 (USA) (14 January 2011)

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Technical Specs


| (ABC Family print) (TV)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After Gru punches the shark, and as Vector takes off, we get an aerial shot of the area and Gru is in a solid circle wall, apart from the entrance gate. The pyramid is outside of the wall, with the only way to reach it being to go through the gateway and round. Moments later, Gru runs towards it crossing the island but would have had to cross the wall before running straight up the pyramid. See more »


Agnes: [singing] Unicorns, I love them. Unicorns, I love them. Uni uni unicorns, I love them. Uni unicorns, I could pet one if they were really real. And they are! So I bought one so I could pet it. Now it loves me, now I love it. La lala la la...
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Crazy Credits

After the projection room is 'destroyed' you see the shadow of a minion. He starts to make shadow puppets, including one of Gru. You see the shadow of the actual Gru enter the screen and stare at the minion. The minion runs off in panic and Gru starts laughing. See more »


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Written and Performed by Pharrell Williams
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Despicable See
2 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since Toy Story 3 is in theatres, it's rather knee-jerk to compare Despicable Me to the animation giant. But you shouldn't. Despicable Me doesn't have the heavy, dark tones of the final Toy Story and, therefore, is probably better suited to smaller children. As with the best family films, though, adults will love this story as much - if not more - than their little ones.

And here's why. It is incredibly rare to see a single dad portrayed in such a positive light. While Gru has an admittedly "bad" vocation, there are unbelievably sweet moments between him and the three children, probably aided by the juxtaposition of tiny girls to a large, "bad" guy.

The nepotistic supporting cast from Saturday Night Live (even Jack McBrayer works for Tina Fey) is fantastic. One pleasant surprise was from Gru's minions: they did not steal the show. Not that they should've- the little yellow guys were funny and entertaining, but one would expect from the previews they would ultimately be the best part of the film... and I'm happy to report that wasn't true.

Despicable Me is LOL funny throughout, warm, goofy, and will not disappoint. I'd say you're a despicable parent if you don't take your kids to see it immediately.

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