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Despicable Me 2

Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: 7/10/2013

MPAA Rating: PG : Description: For rude humor and mild action

Starring: Voices of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, and Russell Brand

Happily retired from his previous career as a super-villain, mastermind Gru devotes himself to manufacturing jam and doting on his three adopted daughters, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru is abducted by secret agent Lucy Wilde and recruited to the Anti-Villain League. Together, Lucy and Gru go undercover as shop owners at a mall, where they discover another retired villain, El Macho, is behind a sinister plot – to transform Gru’s tiny yellow “minions” into monsters! Will Gru and Lucy be able to stop El Macho, keep Margo away from Macho’s attractive son, and most of all, admit their own attraction to one another?

Like its predecessor Despicable Me, this film contains little to concern parents. There is much fantasy-style slapstick comedy, with characters falling down, crashing into things, being pecked by chickens, sprayed in the face with water, and zapped with futuristic weaponry. There are also some mild toilet humor, such as Gru’s invention of a “fart gun” (which expels a noxious cloud with appropriate sound effects), a dog which urinates on bushes, and the like.

With its zany humor and popular characters (including Gru’s tiny yellow “minions,” which became breakout hits after the first movie), as well as its sweet messages about love, romance, loyalty, and family, Despicable Me 2 is a delightful choice for viewers of all ages.

The Parents Television Council does not recommend this movie for viewers under age five.

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VIOLENCE slapstick, crashes, explosions, mild peril, mild fantasy violence
LANGUAGE "poop," "fart" and toilet humor