SOME CALL HIM BAD, THEY CALL HIM DAD.
In order to steal a shrink ray from his enemy, aspiring super-villain Gru adopts three orphaned kids who might be able to infiltrate the base where the shrink ray is hidden. This computer-animated 3D hit began its life in a French studio, but at its worst it still looks like your average family-friendly comedy out of Hollywood. It is nevertheless a lot of fun, with Steve Carell sporting a ludicrous accent; his little cheerful yellow minions, reminiscent of countless Disney sidekicks, also provide laughs. The adventure itself is nothing much; the fun is in the details and the comedy.
2010-U.S. Animated. 95 min. Color. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud. Songs: Pharrell Williams. Voices of Steve Carell (Gru), Jason Segel (Victor “Vector” Perkins), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario), Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig.