Despicable Me

Despicable Me
Despicable Me
  • PG
  • 1h 34m
  • 2010
Certified Fresh81%
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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Get ready for a minion laughs in the funniest blockbuster hit of the year! Vying for the title of “World’s Greatest Villain”, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions – plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad. From executive producer Chris Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age), and featuring the voices of an all-star comedic cast, including Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews, Despicable Me is “rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative” (Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.
Reviews
Time Out
Tom Huddleston
Fresh

One of the year's most likeable family entertainments.

June 22, 2017
Film.com
Laremy Legel
Fresh

Despicable Me is darned cute. I know cute isn't to the lofty level of "message storytelling" but i...

June 22, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen
Fresh

This animated thing pretty near out-Pixars Pixar.

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long
Fresh

The result is a sweet and witty bit of animated fun with both eye-popping 3-D effects and a warm h...

June 22, 2017
Dallas Morning News
Chris Vognar
Fresh

There's a fine line between gleeful anarchy and wasted energy, and Despicable Me has a wonderful k...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Despicable Me centers around a supervillain (voiced by Steve Carell) who adopts three girls for the sole purpose of infiltrating his nemesis' house. Yes, you can expect mild insults like "stupid" and "poop" and a lot of action sequences involving high-tech weapons that blast things to smithereens, as well as some scenes that imply injury -- although no one is ever killed or seriously injured. But the most potentially disturbing aspect of the movie is the way that adoption is depicted -- at least at first. Families with adopted children may feel extra-sensitive about the way that orphans, orphanage directors, and the entire adoption process is handled. It's all played for laughs, yes, but some of it feels a little grim. Still, the movie's overall message is that even someone considered "evil" can have a change of heart, and that's a good lesson, considering that most movies portray good and evil as absolutes. (Note: The movie is being shown in 3-D in some theaters, which could make certain portions more intense for young viewers.)

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:July 9, 2010
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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