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By Sophia Whitfield

It’s that time of year again. School holidays have rolled around, it’s cold outside and children need to be occupied. What better way than a family outing to Despicable Me 2?

It was always going to be hard to follow up the $540-million-dollar smash hit Despicable Me about a villain who does despicable deeds. In Despicable Me 2 Gru (the brilliant Steve Carell) is back along with his lovable Minions. He is now a legitimate businessman with a line of jams and jellies manufactured with the assistance of the Minions under the rather less than adept Dr Nefario (Russell Brand). With three young girls to raise, Agnes (Elsie Kate Fisher), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Gru has immersed himself in domesticity.

Dr Nefario does not share Gru’s need for a legitimate business operation, finding his new position rather limiting. There is no evil to be had in manufacturing jams and jellies, even bad jams and jellies. He leaves Gru to return to a life of villainy, but not without a raucous send off from the Minions that will bring the house down.

However much Gru aspires to be a regular dad, his former life is always lurking around the corner. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League, led by Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan), whose name alone emits violent laughter from the young audience. Together with the delightful Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) who (spoiler alert) has a bit of a crush on the villain of the moment, Gru must foil a plot that sees the emergence of a powerful new super-villain (a terrific Benjamin Bratt).

Children will delight in the wacky humour of this latest Minions fest. Parents will enjoy the outing just as much.


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