despicable me review

Have you seen Despicable Me yet?  It is SUCH a cute movie!  I just saw it for the first time on DVD recently and we all (my husband and two-year-old daughter included) loved it!  It’s funny, its characters are endearing (all of them!), and its totally unpredictable – definitely entertaining.  :)

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 deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow Minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), 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.

One of the world’s greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

I think what I liked the most about this movie was the sweet relationship developing between the three orphan girls and Gru.  The littlest girl is totally adorable, the middle feisty, and the oldest takes care of them all.  Their initial delight at being adopted is dampened a bit when they see who they’ve been adopted by, but they all grow closer anyway.  That’s something any child (and his or her parents) can appreciate.  :)

A note to moms: There is a bit of “gross” humor that I thought was totally unnecessary to the movie, like one of the minions photocopying his bare behind and one of the villains rubbing a keyboard over his rear – just stupid behavior but possibly not something you’d want your child imitating.  So there could potentially be discussion with your kids about what is acceptable.  However, these parts are passed over quickly and there’s so much going on you don’t really dwell on it.  It’s worth watching still!

On December 14, Despicable Me was released in a Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack! Here is the rundown on the special features available in this set:

· Three All-New Mini-Movies Starring The Minions
· The Voices of Despicable MeGo behind-the-scenes with Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews as they give life to their animated characters. Includes character profiles for each of the cast members!
· Super Silly Fun Land – Join Agnes, Margo and Edith at the Super Silly Fun Land Theme Park and play Feed the Creatures and Freeze the Floating Minions to win super cool prizes.
· The World of Despicable Me
· Despicable Beats – Director Chris Renaud talks about the cool factor of renowned music producer Pharrell Williams.
· Gru’s Rocket Builder – Game
· A Global Effort—Learn all about the global effort behind Despicable Me.
· Commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, featuring the Minions!

Watch the Trailer:


Want a Copy?

You can purchase Despicable Me in a special DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Copy pack at Amazon.com for $21.99 right now (regularly $39.99).

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Despicable Me Single Disc DVD
Minion Beanie (one size fits most)
Despicable Me stickers
Despicable Me Activity Sheets

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Minion Beanie (one size fits most)
Despicable Me stickers
Despicable Me Activity Sheets


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I received DVD reviewed above in order that I might give you a thorough review from a mom’s point of view. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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