Parents' Guide to

Minions

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Prequel is fun, with less peril than previous films.

Movie PG 2015 91 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 103 parent reviews

age 4+

Pretty good

I actually am a little disappointed in the fact there are no female minions and so are my kids ..... And also there teaching kids that violance is ok .... But overall its a pretty good movie
age 2+

So Awsome!

I LOVE Minions! They Are So Kind, Adroable, Caring And Help Others In Need. My Whole Family, Loved It, And It Is An Awsome Movie! Despite The Fact That There Is A Clown In This And I Hate Clowns, There Is Really Nothing Bad At all. I Have Nothing But Love For This Movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (103 ):
Kids say (137 ):

This prequel is not as substantive as the original story. But Kevin, Stuart, and Bob -- whom Despicable Me fans will remember fondly from the previous films -- are definitely cute and clever, so kids will no doubt want to flock to see it. The Minions are an adorable bunch of sidekicks, so it's difficult not to root for them, even though they're destined to be acolytes to evil masters. With their vaguely familiar-sounding language and their penchant for causing mayhem, the Minions will continue to win viewers' hearts with their googly eyed shenanigans.

As for the new characters, Scarlett and Herb are a hilarious couple, and it's obvious that Bullock and Hamm had a good time channeling their inner wacky villains. And the soundtrack is full of greatest hits like "My Generation," "Happy Together," "You Really Got Me," and "Mellow Yellow" (of course). Still, despite the comedic gags and the familiar soundtrack, there's not a lot of depth to this story, and Scarlett isn't nearly as compelling as Gru. Go for the love of Minions, but don't expect this installment to dethrone the original as the best of the Despicable Me bunch.

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