Parents' Guide to

Despicable Me

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

Movie PG 2010 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 126 parent reviews

age 4+

Rated U (very mild threat, comic violence, rude humour).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are some moments of very mild threat and peril, usually comical in nature, as well as frequent slapstick violence. However, a few moments towards the end depict more realistic moments of characters in danger, such as children falling from great heights and being captured by a villain. These moments are rather brief and resolved quickly, but might be slightly scary to more sensitive children. There is also infrequent rude humour, such as a couple of fart jokes and a scene where some characters photocopy their bottoms (the characters refer to them as "butts") and laugh at the resulting images, although the images aren't shown on screen. | OTHER CONTENT ISSUES - There are infrequent emotional scenes and the theme of orphans is lightly explored. There is also some naughty and potentially imitable behaviour when a girl holds her breath until she gets what she wants, although this is not encouraged as she is seen to nearly pass out. | RATED "U" - Universal, suitable for all. Contains content generally suitable for children aged 4 years and over.
age 6+

A Minion silly movie, yet so touching and sad.

Minions are super funny, it made me feel both happy and sad. A fun Movie for everyone!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (126 ):
Kids say (233 ):

Carell as Gru may be the draw for this movie, and he does a wonderful job -- as always -- with his voice acting; but it's the girls who are the most impressive. They know exactly how to convey hurt, disappointment, joy, and wonder -- not an easy task for young actors. Segel's Vector is that fabulous combination of super nerdy and super arrogant, exactly the sort of villain (and person) who would rankle an old-school villain like Gru. It's easy to root for Gru when his nemesis is such a jerk. The movie also features a wonderfully catchy and unique soundtrack by hip-hop performer/producer Pharrell Williams, and, to its credit, the 3-D is actually enjoyable, as opposed to irritating. Will Gru rank among the greatest villains of all time? No, because in the end, he's actually got a heart -- and a large one at that.

The best movie villains gleefully chew up the scenery, either because they're so creepily eeeevil (Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, Voldemort), or because they're larger than life (the Terminator, Cruella de Vil, the Wicked Witch of the West). So it's a unique twist to see an animated movie that focuses on the villain. He doesn't turn hero overnight, but he's not a one-dimensional tyrant, either. He's got mommy issues (his mom, played by Julie Andrews, is the stereotypically overlycritical mother who's never pleased with her son's accomplishments), he's older and not as "bankable" as he used to be, and he really needs a buzzed-about scheme to go his way. Enter the three little orphans, the youngest of whom (Agnes) is so irresistably adorable she's like a human Puss 'N Boots.

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