Movie Review: Despicable Me

Movie Review: Despicable Me

Despicable Me

PG for rude humor and mild action.
Genre: Animation, family
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknown to the neighbors, hidden beneath the home is a vast secret hideout. In this hideout, surrounded by a small army of minions, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world!

He’s going to steal the moon!

But…the world’s greatest villain has also just met his greatest challenge…three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

A Spy vs. Spy Look-a-like

Not that this is a bad thing, but my suspicions were confirmed after screening Despicable Me. This new cartoon starring the voice of Steve Carell reminds me a lot of the old Spy vs. Spy from the old Mad Magazines of my childhood.

But, like I said, that’s not a bad thing.

As a matter of fact, whether it was intentional or not by the writers, the comparison of Despicable Me to Spy vs. Spy is actually a good thing. That way when adults take their kids to the movie, they can also relate and possibly re-live some of their favorite childhood memories. I know for me, as a kid, every month the first part of the Mad Magazine I always flipped to was the Spy vs. Spy section. Then when they started showing up on TV, that was even better!

In Despicable Me Gru delights in all things wicked.

Armed with his arsenal of freeze rays, battle-ready vehicles for land and air and his new found shrink ray gun, Gru believes nothing can stand in his way. But, his plan changes when he first meets up with a new villain named Vector. Next, making matters even worse, Gru then 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.

Not Rude & Crude

The scriptwriters for Despicable Me should be applauded for their attention to detail and not crossing the line of rude and crude.

While the rating says PG for rude humor, I have to admit I’ve seen worse in some G rated movies! As a matter of fact, the recent Toy Story 3 movie which carries a G rating, should be rated PG! But, with Despicable Me, I believe the opposite is true. In my opinion, while there are some hidden humor lines tossed in here and there to keep the parents in the audience laughing, it’s not over the top humor. All too often scriptwriters feel the need to stoop to the rude and crude in animated movies. I guess they figure the rude and crude is the only way to keep the interest of the adults when they take their kids to animated movies. However, rude and crude humor does not take creativity.

Good humor is hard work and I applaud the scriptwriters of Despicable Me for working hard for good humor!

I must admit the biggest laugh moment for me is the name of the Evil Bank Gru visits in hopes of getting a loan for his evil plan! I’m not telling you what it is here, but make sure you watch for it!

Aside from the good humor, there’s a good positive story line and outcome in Despicable Me too. While on the surface the evil Gru looks like an evil guy, by the end of the movie, we discover he’s really a softy. Another benefit, clocking in at just a little less than an hour and a half, it’s the perfect length for family fun.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.