Despicable Me: Superbad Superdad (2010)

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Animated, Children's, Comedy

The world’s greatest super villain, Gru, is getting upstaged by a dorky newcomer who successfully stole a pyramid. In an attempt to get ahead and trick the upstart Vector, Gru decides to adopt three girls and get them to sell the villain some “cookies” to break his way into his fortress. Along the way, he learns what it means to care for someone and starts developing a closer connection to humanity around him. But as he starts to warm up to the girls, he becomes challenged in his plan to steal the moon and must find a way to see if he can balance both priorities.

Starring: Steve Carell (Gru), Jason Segel (Vector), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Julie Andrews (Gru’s mom), Will Arnett (Mr. Perkins), Kristen Wiig (Mrs. Hattie), Dana Gaier (Edith), Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes)

Supplying the voice is Steve Carell, star of The Office and several feature films. Similar to when Mike Meyers supplied a British presence for Austin Powers, Carell dives into an eastern European accent to give the character a devious and calculated demeanor. He provides a strong voice performance and delivers more than a few witty lines. Jason Segel plays the role of Vector. He provides a dorky tone to the goofy presence of the character on screen. As the old Dr. Nefario, Russell Brand cleverly plays the role older than his actual age causing the viewer to not recognize it is him. The lead child, Margo, was voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, young star rising on the Nickelodeon network.

There are a number of items that make this a smart and enjoyable movie. The most significant of which are the clever comedic reliefs, the minions. They have their own language (which everyone seems to understand) and are completely loyal to their leader. There was an iPhone app created to translate the minions as you watch the movie. Many kid’s movies have their gimmicks, but this one provides a strong on screen element. The message of the importance of family was fairly obvious, but the presentation of an evil genius finding love  with three orphan children was a nice twist to bring the villain into a more relatable light. The three girls were incredibly cute, in particular the youngest with her innocence and perfect lines.

This is simply a fun family movie that provides good voice talents and an entertaining storyline. Get caught up in the 3D excitement and minion madness.

Dan’s Rating: 4.0/5

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