*Disclosure: Our family received screening passes in order to facilitate a review of this film. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.
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Despicable Me became a surprise favorite of our family’s when it came out, and we’ve been SO excited for Despicable Me 2 (in theaters July 3!).
Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias
Our family was invited to a screening of the film, but only three of my kids could go. My 19yo daughter Hannah stood in for me as reviewer for Despicable Me 2, and here’s what she had to say:
“Despicable Me 2 was a very charming sequel. It had plenty of the familiar characters from the first film and introduced fun new characters such as the novice Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde and jolly restaurant owner Eduardo with a suspicious background.
While the first film mainly focused on Gru being an evil villain mastermind, the sequel shows him adjusting to family life as the adoptive father to Agnes, Edith, and Margo. He’s given up the villain life to become a proper dad, trying to the best he can to keep his girls happy.
He’s pulled from domestic bliss, though, by the arrival of Lucy and the Anti-Villian League’s desire to have Gru help them find a dangerous new villian. While the plotline with the AVL was a bit more dull and predictable, I really enjoyed Gru’s interactions with Lucy and thought there was a lot of humor in the romantic tension between them.
The Minions provided a majority of the humor for the film and definitely raised the laughter volume more than any other character. I have to say, they were probably my favorite part of the film.
The movie in general was very entertaining. I’d say it’s great for younger kids because of the funny little yellow Minions doing all sorts of silly things. Older kids and adults will enjoy this family friendly film as well, being able to relate to several of the experiences Gru encounters with his daughters and dating life.”
There are tons of fun resources online for learning more about and interacting with Despicable Me 2, including this music video for “Happy,” a song from Pharrell Williams on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack: