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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Steve Carell
Kristen Wiig
Jason Segel
Will Arnett
Julie Andrews
Russell Brand
Danny McBride
Miranda Cosgrove
Directors
Pierre Coffin
Chris Renaud
Screenwriters
Ken Daurio
Running Time
95 minutes

Despicable Me
Three kids and a little Blofeld...


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Despicable Me

Plot
Super-villain Gru (Carell) needs to steal a shrink-ray from rival Vector (Segel), to secure a loan from the Bank Of Evil. He adopts three cookie-selling orphans to smuggle shrink-ray-stealing mini robots into Vector's lair. But the responsibilities of parenthood cause him to question his evil priorities.


Verdict
It's no first-rank CGI cartoon, but shows how Pixar's quality over crass is inspiring the mid-list. Fun, with teary bits, for kids; fresh and smart for adults.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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