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Despicable Me

Released

Latest Home Video

Dec 14, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

95

Director

Pierre Coffin

Chris Renaud

Cast

Steve Carell

Jason Segel

Margo Cosgrove

Dana Gaier

Elsie Fisher

Studio

2010 Universal Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Despicable Me.

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OverallB
ViolenceC+
SexB+
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time95

Making the Grades

During its history, Hollywood has brought hosts of nefarious villains to the screen—Darth Vader, Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, the White Witch, Count Olaf and Sid the nasty neighbor kid from Toy Story. But now there is Gru (voice of Steve Carell), a wannabe evildoer who picks on little kids and animals. He’s also stolen the Time Square Jumbotron and a couple of miniature versions of famous landmarks.

While his achievements are less than spectacular when compared with other hardcore scoundrels, he plans to establish himself as a real baddie by pulling off a lunar heist with the help of a shrink-ray-gun. Unfortunately, Vector (voice of Jason Segel), a nerdy, high-tech lawbreaker, also wants to steal the moon—and he has the tool and financing to do it.

Attempting to get past the nerd’s state-of-the-art home security system, Gru tries to steal the shrink-ray-gun housed in Vector’s vault. However when he fails to get inside, the mean-hearted criminal comes up with a new idea. Posing as a dentist, he goes to the local orphanage and adopts three children. The heartless matron (voice of Kristen Wiig) at Miss Hatter’s Home for Girls hands the young charges over without even an obligatory home visit. (Some younger viewers may be frightened by Gru’s harsh interactions with the adoptees after he brings them to his house.) Gru then uses Agnes (voice of Elsie Fisher), Margo (voice of Miranda Cosgrove) and Edith (voice of Dana Gaier), to deliver some special "robot" cookies to Vector’s home. The androids disable the security panel, allowing the spindly-legged crook to break in.

But what Gru doesn’t anticipate is the inkling of affection he begins to feel for the tiny trio who treats him with unquestioning kindness. As the day of the big astral theft approaches, Gru is left to decide between achieving his life long goal or attending a dance recital.

After seeing how Gru was treated as a child, it isn’t hard to understand why he turned out to be a little prickly. Yet some parents may find his callous treatment of others, along with the film’s frequent depiction of cartoon violence, to be disturbing for young or sensitive audience members. In one particularly unsettling scene, a child appears to have been impaled by nails. The script also includes a few rude jokes about bodily functions and some cheeky photocopies of a character’s bare posterior.

However there is nothing despicable about the heartwarming change that begins to take place when Gru discovers the unconditional love of his three new daughters. And despite the rather odd makeup of this family, there is plenty to admire about the transformation that puts this villain on the road to reformation.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Despicable Me.

How does the matron at the orphanage treat the girls in her care? Does she behave the same way with other adults? Do these kinds of depictions of social workers influence the way we perceive real people in these professions? How is the portrayal of the banker another example of negative stereotypes?

When Gru struggles to raise funds for his illegal enterprise, what do the children and his minion workers do? Are their actions aiding and abetting crime? What was the intent of their response? What might they have done instead?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children.Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Some Scary Scenes, Cartoon/Animation Action.
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Despicable Me...

Despicable Me releases on DVD and Blu-ray on December 14, 2010 in the following packages:

Despicable Me: DVD Single-Disc Edition

- Despicable Me on DVD

- The World of Despicable Me

- Despicable Beats

- Gru’s Rocket Builder

- A Global Effort

- Despicable Me Game Previews

- Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions

Despicable Me: Minion Madness—DVD Double Pack + Digital Copy

Disc 1:

- Despicable Me on DVD

- The World of Despicable Me

- Despicable Beats

- Gru’s Rocket Builder

- A Global Effort

- Despicable Me Game Previews

- Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions

Disc 2:

- The Voices of Despicable Me

- Super Silly Fun Land

- Digital Copy of Despicable Me

Despicable Me: Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy

Disc 1: Blu-ray

- Despicable Me in Blu-ray

- 3 Mini-Movies Featuring the Minions

- The World of Despicable Me

- Despicable Beats

- Gru’s Rocket Builder

- A Global Effort

- Despicable Me Game Previews

- Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions

- The Voices of Despicable Me

- Super Silly Fun Land

- Blu-ray Exclusive Features:

- Gru-Control - see the making of the film with behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews with a PIP window

- Miss Hattie’s Top Secret Cookie Recipe

- pocket BLU - featuring the ‘Minion Me’ and ‘Minion Dominion’ apps for iPhone & iPad

- uHear subtitles

Disc 2: (DVD)

- Despicable Me on DVD

Disc 3: (DVD)

- Digital Copy of Despicable Me

Despicable Me: Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy

Disc 1: Blu-ray

- Both 3D and 2D versions of Despicable Me in Blu-ray

- Commentary with Director’s Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions

Disc 2: Blu-ray

- 3 Mini Movies Featuring the Minions

- The World of Despicable Me

- Despicable Beats

- Gru’s Rocket Builder

- A Global Effort

- Despicable Me Game Previews

- Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions

- The Voices of Despicable Me

- Super Silly Fun Land

- Blu-ray Exclusive Features:

- Gru-Control - see the making of the film with behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews with a PIP window

- Miss Hattie’s Top Secret Cookie Recipe

- pocket BLU - featuring the ‘Minion Me’ and ‘Minion Dominion’ apps for iPhone & iPad

- uHear subtitles

Disc 3: DVD

- Despicable Me on DVD

Disc 4:

- Digital Copy of Despicable Me

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seven says: Jul. 09, 2010

What is TRULY DESPICABLE is that hollywood would come out with a movie like this.  Once again our kids are bombarded with trashy content.  Reading the review and details of this movie truly disgusts me, what parent WOULD want to bring their child to fill their minds with such garbage ?????

The violence is unacceptable - a child smacking a parent ? Children are put into a “box of shame” for punishment and verbally chastised. Characters steal items. A character is shot from a cannon. A man is punched, hit in the groin, smashed against the wall, chased by a shark and threatened with guns while trying to break into a home. A bird is shot. Dancing robots have prominent female features. References are made to crude bodily functions.

It’s clear that hollywood wants children to have no respect for their parents - its so evident turning on the T.V. or these kind of movies.  Hollywood wants to desensitize our children to violence, sex, disrespect for the family - anything they can do to corrupt young impressionable minds.  THAT is what is DESPICABLE here.  They picked the right title for the film. 

Whatever happened to those classic timeless films you COULD have your child watch ?  They are unfortunately non-existent these days.  The problem is parents spending their money to bring their kids to this trash, which will only fuel movie studios to create more trash.  DEMAND decent films that actually HAVE a storyline - or some moral message.  Until you stop funding this filth, they will keep popping this kind of trash out to our kids.  I refuse to watch this film, and any others that have descriptions such as this.  I also check out kidsinmind.com for additional details on movies.  You CANNOT trust these ‘ratings’ PG, PG13 - no way - most PG13 films are more like R rated, they always downplay the true rating.  Parents need to take more responsibility in researching what their child will be exposed to - and then make an informed responsible decision.

mrsvn says: Jul. 11, 2010

Thanks “seven”

Between your review and the excessive violence in Toy Story 3 (my rating = PG-13), I will definitely pre-screen Despicable Me before showing our children. 

Very thankful for this website!

TNT says: Aug. 13, 2010

It is obvious from the comment from ?Seven? that they have not seen the movie. I have and I found it to be a keeper! The Listing of ?violence? is just that, a list with no context. I could make a list of what happens in my house during the day and you?d think it was a horror flick (sis. sits on bro. and makes him say uncle, mom reminds daughter that bro. will be bigger one day, bro. calls sis. a meanie, daughter sticks tongue out at mom-with no context that it was in fun?..etc.) Road Runner is probably more violent. (won?t even go into Nickalodeon which is banned in our house) Diary of a Wimpy Kid is more crude and has real kids being afraid of more realistic things and shows a lot of bullying and the main character being a very not nice friend. I grew up with the Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Bugs Bunny and Road Runner,  the Saturday Creature Features and Vincent Price. The ?sex? content, again without context, doesn?t really tell you anything. There is the old joke of Xeroxing a fanny, of which the fanny in question belongs to a made up creature and only shows 2 yellow circles. The Boogy Robots were basic forms and the ?feminine parts? were metal cones. Your daughters Barbies are more realistic and get more attention. I?m more worried about Miley Cirus posing nude and her new clothing choices. HOWEVER, what I did notice, is the conversion of a despicable villain into a loving father and restored relationships through the redemptive work of unconditional love. What a way to start the conversation that we are ALL despicable until we are redeemed through the unconditional love and sacrifice of Christ and how he makes us New Creatures in Him!

TNT says: Aug. 13, 2010

P.S. Gru, the villain in question, was NOT the one who put the girls in the boxes of shame. It was the woman who runs the orphanage. Showing that Villains aren’t just the ones who look like they are. They come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Think of Little Orphan Annie.

Lauzon says: Nov. 27, 2010

I agree with TNT.  The violence was slap-stick.  Slap-stick is funny.  The Three Stooges figured that out a long time ago.  There were some sweet messages in this film.  The reviews tell you what’s in the film, but not always the intent.  Intent can make all the difference in a given situation.

petalumamom says: Apr. 14, 2011

My child is four and while we are big movie watchers, it’s difficult to find meaningful, quality movies that won’t traumatize our daughter or teach her bad words or inappropriate humor (but won’t bore us parents to tears, either).

That being said, Despicable Me is one of our family favorites.

If you are looking for a low violence, witty, fun movie that the whole family can watch, you’re safe picking Despicable Me. It has zero moments of intense drama (a la Finding Nemo shark scenes, for example), which we really appreciated since our daughter is so young.

Much like How to Train Your Dragon, this movie has an ultimate moral that will warm your heart and make you happy you shared it with those you love.

It’s a pro-family, pro-child, silly, harmless, good time for all - adults and children. Two thumbs way up.

petalumamom says: Apr. 14, 2011

Also, it’s a shame that “seven’s” long comment shows up at the top of the reviews for this movie. I hope that, if you’re reading this, you consider giving this movie a shot. Many of our friends were put off by the commercials featuring the little yellow “minions,” but those guys are barely in the movie at all.

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