Despicable Me Friday, 03 April 2020

Despicable Me

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch:

    Gru-vy.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Kate Fisher, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Jemaine Clement, Jack McBrayer, Danny McBride

  • Directed by:

    Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Tanks, machine guns, rockets, laser guns, stun-guns, missiles, decoy flares, mace, halberds, torture chamber, bomb casings seen and/or used. Children are kidnapped, held hostage. People, minions are shot at, blasted, freeze-rayed, hit with objects, fired upon, kicked, headslammed, thrown through the air, slapped, electrocuted, knocked over; minions fight one another. A man is punched by robotic boxing gloves, attacked by a shark, crushed by a door, near-sliced by circular saw blades, catapulted through the air, hit with an explosive device. A huge explosion is seen from a distance; crater. An animal, minion and an object are shrunk. A man is knocked aside by a speeding bus. Boy falls off scaffolding, a girl holds her breath until she faints, a man falls off a surfboard head-first onto rocks. Children sit in closed 'boxes-of-shame' as punishment. Objects, monuments are stolen. A vehicle crash-lands, crashes into cars. Animals are shot out of guns, an animal is punched, a bird is shot by a tank (implied). A child's comfort toy, other objects are incinerated. Objects are smashed, toilet-papered. Stealing, crime discussed. A man breaks a pinkie-promise, makes pancakes in the shape of skulls, corpses. People fall from very high distances, dangle precariously from great heights. Squealing. Blood/gore: A girl appears to be spiked to death in a coffin-shaped torture chamber; what appears to be blood leaks out.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man's trousers fall down to his ankles, revealing his boxers. Naked baby photo (backside seen). Minions photocopy their bottoms. A naked werewolf-man is seen from a distance (no genitals visible).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Giant beer can seen. Volunteers drink anti-gravity serum.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Fart, butt. Name-calling, threats, teasing, dobbing. A man taunts a small boy. Stereotypes (villains, children).

  • THEMES:

    Evil villains, world domination, rivalry, orphans, adoption, single parenting, parental approval/rejection, childhood dreams.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Orphans, adoption. Goats, dog, dog attack/bite, elephant, Great White shark, shark attack, birds, werewolf, taxidermy on walls. Dog poo, bed-bugs, creature in the closet discussed. Full moon, rollercoaster, toilet, urinals, lycanthropy. Vomit noises, gagging, nose-picking, fart cloud. Bankruptcy mentioned. Roast chicken eaten. Sky-high aerial cinematography and stunts. End credits sequence.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Original, nostalgic, joyful, reckless, contagious, evenly paced, funny, sprightly, irresistible, wacky, offbeat, adorable, heart-warming, charming. End credits scene is clever. Ingenius script, impressive visuals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Thin plot. Takes a while to get going. Sappy.

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