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DESPICABLE ME

In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, Gru (Steve Carell) is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon! Until, he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who 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 (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher).

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 8 Jul 2010
Genre: Comedy / Animation / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Ken Jeong, Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Format: NA

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Writer: Nur Safina Othman

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Watch this if you liked: “Toy Story”, “The Incredibles”

If you are an avid fan of animation films, here's another one for you! "Despicable Me" is a story about the villain Gru (Steve Carell) in his quest to 'steal' the Moon. Sadly, his plan gets interrupted as three orphans, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) somehow start to claim Gru as their father! Another nerdy-looking villain Vector, (Jason Segel) tries to foil his Moon-stealing plans too.

Like any other family-friendly animations, there's always a hidden message waiting to be conveyed to the audience. In "Despicable Me", Gru's the typical baddie but when he takes in the three orphans, his heart is eventually 'melted' by their sincerity. Even as he plans to take Vector down, Gru starts to learn a thing or two about family and so no prizes for guessing who would start to have a change of heart!

Comedy elements in the movie weren't that corny and moviegoers are sure to be entertained by the yellow-coloured cute 'minions' of Gru. Furthermore, "Despicable Me" turns the tables on the bad guys when they are characterised as a person who is still terrified of their parents.

The movie headlines the who's who in Tinseltown such as Steve Carrell ("Date Night"), Jason Segel ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), Miranda Cosgrove ("School Of Rock"), Julie Andrews ("Shrek Forever After") who plays Gru's mother, and also Russell Brand ("Get Him To The Greek") as Dr. Nefario.

As usual, "Despicable Me" is also shown in 3D version, though the writer does not encourage moviegoers to opt for that version since there isn't much difference between 3D and the normal version. While it's not as popular like "Toy Story" franchise, "Despicable Me" will amuse both you and the kids, especially when the yellow 'minions' appear on screen!

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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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