Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2One of my favorite cartoon super villains has returned.  Along with the help of his blabbering loyal minions, Gru has left his evil ways and has now devoted his efforts to two things: being a loving parent (which he’s being very successful at) and becoming a “legitimate businessman selling jellies and jams.”

Just in case you haven’t seen the original, (which I highly recommend) “Despicable Me 2” reintroduces Gru, a newly retired super-villain turned devoted adoptive father.  Suddenly Lucy, an agent from the AVL (Anti-Villain League) tries to recruit Gru to take down a mystery villain involved in illegal animal testing.  When Gru’s kids see Lucy around persistently trying to recruit Gru, the kids start asking questions about if they are dating or if Lucy will become their new mother.

DreamWorks Pictures is borrowing a page from Pixar by taking unforgettable and hilarious characters in an animated world as a backdrop of a very adult topics.  In this case, it’s being a single parent and  getting back into the dating scene.  This is a movie with very funny one-liners, unforgettable characters, and a compelling message.  With the voice talents of Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Benjamin Bratt, and Kristen Wiig, “Despicable Me 2” is a family film for all ages that will leave you teary-eyed from its jokes and its message.

On an unrealistic note, seeing these minions again made me want to figure out if I can actually genetically engineer one of my own.  I WANT ONE!!  So if anyone reading this is a geneticist who is bent on animal hybrids instead of world domination, let me know.



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