Despicable Me 2

photo for “Despicable Me 2” continues the saga of the world’s most lovable villain, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), and his wildly crazy sidekicks, the Minions. This time around the newly reformed master criminal is simply trying to live life as a normal dad to his three adopted daughters when he’s recruited by the Anti-Villain League to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig), Gru goes undercover at a shopping mall to track down the bad guy, and has to juggle his new crime-fighting persona with his duties as a father. As with many sequels, this one plays off the strengths of the original but adds little new or exciting to the mix, giving the film a “been there, done that” feeling. It’s cute and fuzzy and boring. But then there’s the Minions …Extras: “Gru’s Girls” behind-the-scenes featurette; “Gadgets Galore” featurette explores lipstick tasers, magnet ships, foam dart dispensers and jelly guns; commentary with directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Blu-ray adds Three mini-movies starring the Minions, introduced by Gru: “Puppy,” “Panic in the Mailroom” and “Training Wheels”; “The Making of the Mini-Movies” featurette; deleted scene; “The Minions” featurette, a visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to discover what it’s really like to work with the Minions; “Evil Minions” behind-the-scenes featurette; “A Gru-Some Transformation” with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy; “El Hombre Malo: The Villainy of El Macho” behind the scenes featurette with the new villain (Benjamin Bratt). Vitals: Director: Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffi. Stars: Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 98 min., Animated, Box office gross: $361.774 million, Universal. 3 stars

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