Despicable Me 2 Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Despicable Me 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild animated violence.

  • The pitch:

    Extra Gru-vy.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Kate Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt, Moises Arias, Ken Jeong

  • Directed by:

    Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People and/or minions are kidnapped, hit with objects, hit by cars, punched, kicked, shoved, teased, freeze-rayed, tasered, attacked by monsters, slapped, accidentally injured, tied up, knocked over, blasted with hose/fire extinguisher, shaken, fire-blasted, struck by darts, turned into monsters, crushed by falling objects, pursued, boom-blasted, fall from a high distance. Objects are thrown, smashed, crashed into, karate-chopped, fire-bombed; doors, walls are smashed in. Kids and minions playfight with toy swords, clubs, halberds, chainsaw, nunchucks; minions scuffle, hit one another. An unconscious man is dragged then stuffed in a car boot, reckless driving; a car smashes through glass windows, falls toward ground. Fart guns, rocket launchers, jam guns fired. A teddy bear explodes, a monster appears at a window and scares a little girl. Stealing, sinister plots, large-scale crime, threats mentioned. Screaming. Blood/gore: A man removes a long dart from his nose.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Man and minions in swimwear. Minion bum, man's hairy chest. Minion in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Animals, people and minions are injected with a shape-changing, mood-altering serum and/or antidote; needle and syringe seen. A woman is shot with moose tranquiliser. Alcohol (cocktails, champagne, tequila). Reference to drunken behaviour. Gambling (poker).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Bottom, butt, fart, poop. Name-calling, raspberry-blowing. Ethnic, cultural, gender stereotyping. Fat jokes.

  • THEMES:

    Family, world domination, good versus evil, rejection, young love, dating, romance, marriage, trusting instincts, invention.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Husband just died, Mother's Day pageant/children don't have a mother mentioned. Wedding setting. Fish, dog, starfish, sharks, snake, birds (seagulls), duck, cat, taxidermy bull, chicken, eagle, butterfly. Dog urinates, port-a-potty, magic show, paragliding, jumping out of a plane, free-falling, hang-gliding, volcano, lava, aircraft, plane. Roasting chicken, barbecuing sausages, animal testing. Mid-credits scenes.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, funny, family friendly. Brilliant use of 3D, especially during end credits scene. Beautifully rendered animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, uninventive plot.

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