Written by Ken Daurio (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) and Cinco Paul (screenplay)
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Starring the voice talents of: Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Will Arnet, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Jemaine Clement, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud etc.
Rating: PG for rude humour and mild action
I had been really looking forwad to the release of this DVD and have to say that I got a real kick out of it. I especially appreciated the dark humour brought to this film as much as I enjoyed the sweet comedy of the orphans and slapstick zaniness of the minions. I love Steve Carrell's take on the Gru character and can't help but try to mimic his accent around the house. Julie Andrew's plays her part so well, that I had to re think the entire movie through to figure out what character she played. Once I knew she was in it, it wasn't hard to figure out she played Gru's mother but the fact that I missed it the first time around was something since I'm usually dead on picking out voices.
The theme while certainly not a new one is reminiscent of the old Spy vs. Spy comics. It also plays on the old standard theme of bad guy turns good. Still, there is so much going on in this film, twists and turns of the plot, that it keeps even the adults interested right to the end. Your heart warms to the plight of the three little orphans and can easily sympathize with Gru and his desire to be successful even it is at being bad.
Violence and Gore: Mild slapstick humor throughout. A lot of the gags are derived from the unusual and dangerous surroundings that they are now living in. IE, a child steps into an iron maiden which then closes on her. What looks to be blood is seen leaking from inside and the other girls are horrified. When the iron maiden is re-opened it turns out her juice box was pierced and leaking.
Profanity: Very mild language; "fart", "butt", etc.
As always, if you have concerns about a movie, my best recommendation to you is to pre-screen it before showing it to your children. Time and time again we've been glad we did.