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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Cinco Paul (screenplay by), Ken Daurio (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Gru (voice)
Jason Segel ... Vector (voice)
Russell Brand ... Dr. Nefario (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Gru's Mom (voice)
Will Arnett ... Mr. Perkins (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... Miss Hattie (voice)
Miranda Cosgrove ... Margo (voice)
Dana Gaier ... Edith (voice)
Elsie Fisher ... Agnes (voice)
Pierre Coffin ... Tim the Minion / Bob the Minion / Mark the Minion / Phil the Minion / Stuart the Minion (voice)
Chris Renaud ... Dave the Minion (voice)
Jemaine Clement ... Jerry the Minion (voice)
Jack McBrayer ... Carnival Barker / Tourist Dad (voice)
Danny McBride ... Fred McDade (voice)
Mindy Kaling ... 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 house is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal 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 (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher). Written by Universal Pictures

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

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Trivia

In his application to adopt the girls, Gru's first name is given as Felonious. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Tourist: Excuse me, sir, is there a commode?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

When the movie aired on Freeform, a large portion of the spaceship carnival game was cut. See more »

Connections

Followed by Banana (2010) See more »

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Rocket's Song
Written and Performed by Pharrell Williams
Produced by Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes
Courtesy of Star Trak Entertainment/Interscope Records
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One of the Sweetest Villains Ever
11 December 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When one pyramid of Egypt is stolen, the despicable suburban villain Gru feels frustrated since he considers himself the greatest criminal mind ever. However he plans to steal the moon, in the greatest heist of history, with the support of the evil Dr. Nefario and his army of minions. Gru intends to hire a loan in the Bank of Evil (former Lehman Brothers) to build a rocket and steal the shrink weapon to reduce the size of the moon. But the banker Mr. Perkins intends to invest in the young Vector, who actually had stolen the pyramid. When Gru robs the shrink weapon, Vector steals it from him and kept the weapon in his impenetrable fortress that is protected by state of art security system. Gru sees that the orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes from Miss Hattie's Home for Girls have full access to Vector's house to sell cookies. Gru plots a scheme, adopting the three girls to use them to recover the shrink weapon from Vector. But the three little girls change the behavior of Gru and his minions.

"Despicable Me" is a sort of contemporary version of the Charles Dickens' classic novel "A Christmas Carol" and a highly entertaining animation with one of the sweetest villain ever, three adorable little girls and a group of adorable minions. The story is not corny but human, and the jokes with Bill Gates that is the source of inspiration of the nerd Vector and with the investment banking Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. that declared bankruptcy in 2008 and affected the lives of small private investors are witty. In the end, Gru is not the criminal mastermind that he supposed to be. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Malvado Favorito" ("My Favorite Meanie")


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USA | France | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,397,125, 11 July 2010

Gross USA:

$251,513,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,113,985
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Runtime:

| (ABC Family print) (TV)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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