Family Movie Review: Despicable Me 2 (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 5+. The movie is rated PG because of a kiss or two between characters, a horde of goofily scary purple monsters, and some action violence. But overall it's very, very kid-friendly, and at a recent press screening, there were no audible frightened reactions from children—just a whole lot of laughter.

'Despicable Me' suffered from a too-complicated plot, and when its main villain had a heart of gold, no one was surprised. But 'Despicable Me 2' builds on the already-established premise and achieves dizzyingly goofy, wonderful heights, even if the story beats are still familiar.

By Roxana Hadadi

Innovative children's movies are, for parents, always appreciated; that's why "Shrek" was so wonderful and Pixar continues to knock it out of the park, as they did with this summer's "Monsters University." Three years ago, "Despicable Me" straddled a kind of line: its supporting characters, like the bright yellow monsters Minions, were perfect for children, while it's evil-because-he's-unloved villain Gru was familiar, perhaps even boring, for parents. But "Despicable Me 2" will please both groups—the Minions have more to do this time around, Gru is given the ability to grow, and those little girls? They're the cutest things around.

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