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Despicable Me (2010)

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When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Gru (voice)
Jason Segel ... Vector (voice)
Russell Brand ... Dr. Nefario (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Gru's Mom (voice)
Will Arnett ... Mr. Perkins (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... Miss Hattie (voice)
Miranda Cosgrove ... Margo (voice)
Dana Gaier ... Edith (voice)
Elsie Fisher ... Agnes (voice)
Pierre Coffin ... Tim the Minion / Bob the Minion / Mark the Minion / Phil the Minion / Stuart the Minion (voice)
Chris Renaud ... Dave the Minion (voice)
Jemaine Clement ... Jerry the Minion (voice)
Jack McBrayer ... Carnival Barker / Tourist Dad (voice)
Danny McBride ... Fred McDade (voice)
Mindy Kaling ... Tourist Mom (voice)
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Storyline

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Superbad. Superdad. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor and mild action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Despicable Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,397,125, 11 July 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$251,513,985, 20 January 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$543,113,985, 20 January 2011
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Runtime:

| (ABC Family print) (TV)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the Minions go to the store to get the replacement toy, there is a scene in which the "baby" shakes up a bottle of soda, puts it in his mouth, hilarity ensues. On the shelf behind him, the labels on the bottles read, "POP (then in much smaller letters) soda," and the word "POP" is arranged to make the cheeky joke of creating the word "POOP." One can assume this must be intentional, as the word "pop," which is necessary for the joke, is used pretty exclusively in a small part of the upper Midwest. See more »

Goofs

When Gru arrives at the moon he stops near it and then exits his spacecraft. In reality he would have to enter orbit around the moon otherwise the gravity of the Moon would cause Gru to accelerate towards it. See more »

Quotes

[as Gru tucks in the girls on their first night in his house]
Margo: Just so you know, you're never going to be my dad.
Gru: Hmm, I think I can live with that.
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Crazy Credits

After the projection room is 'destroyed' you see the shadow of a minion. He starts to make shadow puppets, including one of Gru. You see the shadow of the actual Gru enter the screen and stare at the minion. The minion runs off in panic and Gru starts laughing. See more »

Connections

References The Lorax (2012) See more »

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Garota de Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes
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One of the Sweetest Villains Ever
11 December 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When one pyramid of Egypt is stolen, the despicable suburban villain Gru feels frustrated since he considers himself the greatest criminal mind ever. However he plans to steal the moon, in the greatest heist of history, with the support of the evil Dr. Nefario and his army of minions. Gru intends to hire a loan in the Bank of Evil (former Lehman Brothers) to build a rocket and steal the shrink weapon to reduce the size of the moon. But the banker Mr. Perkins intends to invest in the young Vector, who actually had stolen the pyramid. When Gru robs the shrink weapon, Vector steals it from him and kept the weapon in his impenetrable fortress that is protected by state of art security system. Gru sees that the orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes from Miss Hattie's Home for Girls have full access to Vector's house to sell cookies. Gru plots a scheme, adopting the three girls to use them to recover the shrink weapon from Vector. But the three little girls change the behavior of Gru and his minions.

"Despicable Me" is a sort of contemporary version of the Charles Dickens' classic novel "A Christmas Carol" and a highly entertaining animation with one of the sweetest villain ever, three adorable little girls and a group of adorable minions. The story is not corny but human, and the jokes with Bill Gates that is the source of inspiration of the nerd Vector and with the investment banking Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. that declared bankruptcy in 2008 and affected the lives of small private investors are witty. In the end, Gru is not the criminal mastermind that he supposed to be. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Malvado Favorito" ("My Favorite Meanie")


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