Despicable Me 2010

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Computer-animated children's comedy about an arch-criminal who has a change of heart. Trying to outdo his main rival Vector (voice of Jason Segel), serial villain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the moon, aided by his army of genetically altered corn pops. About to set his dastardly plan in motion, and bristling with his arsenal of freeze-rays and sci-fi gadgetry, all goes according to plan until the arrival at his door of three little orphan girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher) and Edith (Dana Gaier), in search of a father figure.

Starring:
Jack McBrayer, Jemaine Clement
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Despicable Me

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Jack McBrayer, Jemaine Clement, Danny R. McBride, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Steve Carell, Will Arnett
Director Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 21 February 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Jack McBrayer, Jemaine Clement, Danny R. McBride, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Steve Carell, Will Arnett
Director Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 21 February 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Jack McBrayer, Jemaine Clement, Danny R. McBride, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Steve Carell, Will Arnett
Director Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release Currently unavailable
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By The Bard on 19 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
I have watched every big cartoon film for the last 25 years ( foster carer ) and this is without doubt the funniest, best story line and best produced to date . Any cartoons after this will have to be something truly special to even come close!!!
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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
I loved this movie and my 10 y.o. daughter loved it even more. It is so good, that I hardly know where to begin - so I tried to put the whole review in four points, mentioned in the title:

1. Hilarity - IT IS HILARIOUS! REALLY! There is hardly any 15 seconds in this movie that would not contain a really good gag, children or/and adult oriented. Whoever wrote the scenario was a genius!

2. Despicability - the main character, Gru, is really a delight to watch: ugly, grumpy, mean, petty, vengeful, scheming, permanently aggravated and wholeheartedly devoted to the cause of evil - and in the same time incredibly insecure, convinced deep in his heart that he is a looser and haunted by the every day stronger feeling of the impending doom, for him and his evil army. I believe also that even his name is a kind of evil double entendre: it is obviously an abbreviation of "gruesome" but GRU was also, during the Cold War, the name of Soviet Army military intelligence, in charge particularly of assassinations abroad. In some James Bond movies GRU appeared under the name of Smertch. It gives a particular flavor to Gru, considering that his character is clearly inspired by some of the supervillains from James Bond franchise. His geriatric sidekick (and only friend - well, kind of) doctor Nefario and his murderous dog/rat/wolverine/skunk like pet (even after two viewings of this movie the jury is still out in my house on the question "what is this animal?") give also a great show!

3. Girl power - any parent of little girls (I have two) will fall immediately in love with Margo, Edith and Agnes, the three little orphaned sisters Gru adopts.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ward on 21 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Not one for controversy, but Shrek... who? Toy Story... yawn.
Being a man of a certain age and having too many children aged between 5 and 22, I tend to measure the success (or otherwise) of films by the number of times it's referenced by the younger members of the household and how certain lines have become a part of everyday conversations... and this one has already taken a spot in the top 10.
It has everything: great main 'evil' character, Gru (Steve Carell), kids with attitude (the smallest, Agnes, is terminally cute - check out her cheek drums and her reaction to losing her toy unicorn to a wayward laser), hilarious 'Baddie' (and probably most quotable character)- Vector (voiced by the brilliant Jason Segel), an out-of-character but nonetheless entertaining Russell Brand as a senile, almost deaf, mad scientist. Even the small part played by Julie Andrews (as Gru's mum) is worthy of mention (behind every evil supervillain, there's a mother who... well, let's just say she wouldn't be selected to play the part of a singing nun!)... and yes, there are the minions. One of the funniest and most original animated characters I've ever seen (and who ever thought of the individual names is a genius!).
A final thought (Light Bulb!) - what happened to the merchandising? As far as I can tell, there're a few over-priced minions available and very little else. Lego versions of Gru's house, car and aircraft along with mini Lego minions? Or how about Vector's house with its shark tank?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ger on 11 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Took my three year old to the cinema to see this, and he liked it so much bought it for him on 3D blu-ray. Has enough jokes to keep adults amused, and my little boy loves the sillyness of it. Has a good 3D effect as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves this film........and so do I! Never have I wanted an army of minions more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NJD53 on 8 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My first encounter with Gru was returning home from the Caribbean and one of the films available on the flight was Despicable Me.

To say the hours flew by is perhaps too much of an obvious pun to those that would pick up on it but, it does sum up how engrossing the film was. Unkowingly to the viewer, at first, there is a fair amount of emotional content in the film and the voice overs are hauntingly accurate in portraying the characters.

At times, especially the beginning, you feel somewhat guilty in veiwing this animation but, believe me, that feeling soon fades to one of pure enjoyment and involvement with all that is happening in the film.

The plot is simple, as such but, soon develops into the sort of story you will find it incredibly easy to relate with.

For myself, having enjoyed everything in the film (apart from the hideous Vector) the end penultimate scene of the ruthless Gru and his 'associates' brought so much joy to my heart inspired by the choice of music for that scene.

Having now enjoyed the film more than a few times I still cannot get it to sit right in my thinking the the lovely Julie Andrews plays the voice/charater of Gru's mother. Unbelievable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monkey_Moo_moo on 24 May 2011
Format: DVD
I can't tell you how much i love this film, the yellow minions crack me up, love the soundtrack by pharrell williams and the plot of the story is so sweet. A film you can watch no matter how old you are, it will make you laugh!
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