Despicable Me 2

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Overview

Once upon a time, Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) dreamt of stealing the moon - these days he's a single adoptive father of three precocious girls. Having given up his spectacular life of crime, Gru now aims to produce a delicious new line of jams with the help of his tiny minions and his old pal Dr. Nefario (voice of Russell Brand). Feeling unfulfilled in his newfound role as a jam-maker, Dr. Nefario announces that he will be departing for more evil pastures just as Gru is approached by the Anti-Villain League to ...
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Overview

Once upon a time, Gru (voice of Steve Carrell) dreamt of stealing the moon - these days he's a single adoptive father of three precocious girls. Having given up his spectacular life of crime, Gru now aims to produce a delicious new line of jams with the help of his tiny minions and his old pal Dr. Nefario (voice of Russell Brand). Feeling unfulfilled in his newfound role as a jam-maker, Dr. Nefario announces that he will be departing for more evil pastures just as Gru is approached by the Anti-Villain League to capture the mysterious culprit who just stole a top-secret research lab filled with PX 41 -- an experimental serum with the strength to transform harmless animals into ravenous monsters. The AVL is certain that the culprit is covering his tracks by posing as a small business owner at a local mall, and assign their best agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to aid Gru in identifying him. Meanwhile, Gru's oldest adopted daughter Margo (voice of Miranda Cosgrove) falls for rebellious teen Antonio (voice of Moises Arias), the leather-jacketed son of boisterous Mexican cantina owner Eduardo (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Now, with Gru's paternal instincts kicking into full gear just as a dastardly plot begins to unfold, the devoted new father must divide his time between saving the world from an enigmatic super-villain, and saving Miranda from total heartbreak. All the while, a suitable mother for the girls may have been standing right under Gru's pointy nose the entire time.
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Special Features

Gru's girls; Gadgets galore; Feature commentary
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Back in 2010, it was a battle of the baddies at the box office as Despicable Me's chrome-domed Gru took on big-headed Megamind to determine which of the diabolical supervillains had the biggest heart. Three short years later, with no Megamind sequel in sight, proud papa Gru seems to have won the battle by default in Despicable Me 2, a vivacious sequel that's effortlessly entertaining despite its notably diminished stakes. Once upon a time, Gru (voice of Steve Carell) dreamt of stealing the moon -- these days he's a single adoptive father of three precocious girls. Having given up his spectacular life of crime, Gru now aims to produce a delicious new line of jams with the help of his tiny minions and his old pal Dr. Nefario (voice of Russell Brand). Feeling unfulfilled in his newfound role as a jam-maker, Dr. Nefario announces that he will be departing for more evil pastures just as Gru is approached by the Anti-Villain League to capture the mysterious culprit who just stole a top-secret research lab filled with PX 41 -- an experimental serum with the strength to transform harmless animals into ravenous monsters. The AVL is certain that the culprit is covering his tracks by posing as a small-business owner at a local mall, and assign their best agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to aid Gru in identifying him. Meanwhile, Gru's oldest adopted daughter Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) falls for rebellious teen Antonio (Moises Arias), the leather-jacketed son of boisterous Mexican cantina owner Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt). Now, with Gru's paternal instincts kicking into full gear just as a dastardly plot begins to unfold, the devoted new father must divide his time between saving the world from an enigmatic supervillain, and saving Margo from total heartbreak. All the while, a suitable mother for the girls may have been standing right under Gru's pointy nose the entire time. In Despicable Me, we watched in delight as a scoundrel with global ambitions had his heart melted by three adorable little orphans. Only a few years have passed since Gru kissed his criminal instincts goodbye, and in the opening scenes of this sequel, screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul make a point to show us what an adoring father he's become. The result is a string of lighthearted, well-timed gags as Gru throws a princess birthday party for young Agnes, and gets swept off to AVN headquarters by quirky agent Lucy. Colorful and energetic, these early scenes strike the same affectionately comic tone that made the first film a box-office hit. Those good vibes continue as Gru reluctantly begins dating in a bid to find the girls a suitable mother, and starts snooping around the mall with Lucy in hopes of finding the secret serum stash. It's around this point that we begin to realize that the writers have opted to reign in the scope to focus on character interaction, and who could blame them for not wanting to try and top a plot about stealing the moon? Yes, Despicable Me 2 may be much smaller in scale than its predecessor, but it's no less fun as we watch Gru unwittingly fall in love while piecing together the various clues in the PX 41 mystery. Although it could be argued that Daurio and Paul misstep in not revealing the villain's identity a bit sooner, an abundance of sight gags involving the minions confirm that tension was never a priority here, making memorable use of the boisterous yellow blobs as the story unfolds at a leisurely pace. Of course, for those who savored Carell's gleefully over-the-top voice work in the previous outing, the focus on characters will only serve to double your enjoyment this time around, even if it often feels like precious little is at stake. Once the focus of the story shifts to Gru and Lucy's efforts to stop a disaster from unfolding, the writers do a fairly ingenious job of turning one of the series' most popular attractions into a threat that's as funny as it is frightening, but it's the winning vocal performances and the upbeat tone that make this slightly-lesser sequel highly watchable regardless. For cynics and detractors, it may at time feel like this sequel exists for nothing more than to push the film's most marketable characters front and center. By the time the credits roll even fans will likely recognize that the potential for this series has been exhausted, but ask them if it was a fun ride along the way and odds are they'll simply wring their hands and grin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • UPC: 025192123610
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve
  • Language: English, English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 324

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Carell Voice Only
Kristen Wiig Voice Only
Benjamin Bratt Eduardo, Voice Only
Miranda Cosgrove Voice Only
Russell Brand Voice Only
Ken Jeong Voice Only
Steve Coogan Voice Only, Voice Only
Elsie Fisher Voice Only
Dana Gaier Voice Only
Moisés Arias Voice Only
Nasim Pedrad Voice Only
Kristen Schaal Voice Only
Pierre Coffin Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Chris Renaud Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Nickolai Stoilov Voice Only
Vanessa Bayer Voice Only
Technical Credits
Pierre Coffin Director
Chris Renaud Director
Oliver Adam Set Decoration/Design
Christophe Charriton Set Decoration/Design
Yarrow Cheney Production Designer
Ken Daurio Screenwriter
Eric Guillon Production Designer
Janet Healy Producer
Paul Mager Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Meledandri Producer
Cinco Paul Screenwriter
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Gregory Perler Editor
Loic Rastout Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Taylor Associate Producer
Pharrell Williams Songwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Despicable Me 2
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Despicable Me 2
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Gru's Girls
      Gadgets Galore
      Feature Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
         DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
         Feature Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
   Previews
      Despicable Me
      ParaNorman
      Hop
      Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess
      Monster High: Ghouls Rule
      Saige Paints the Sky
      The Lorax
      Play All
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Great Movie! Horrible seller... I never even got the movie. I pr

    Great Movie! Horrible seller... I never even got the movie. I pre-ordered it and they sent me a message saying that if I didn't respond to the email within 24 hours they would cancel my order. It is ridiculous and a big waste of my time. I would recommend buying from Wal*Mart or Amazon. Much better stores than Barnes and Noble. I will never buy from here again. Both times I bought from here I have been disappointing. They let me down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Absolutely the perfect gift for Christmas, definitely another be

    Absolutely the perfect gift for Christmas, definitely another best to add to my collection, and officially my favorite flick ever! And my favorite thing about it is Gru gaining a  love interest in Lucy. I laughed a lot during the movie, and to be thoroughly honest Lucy is by far my most favorite character aside from Gru, Agnes, and the Minions. She's just so hilarious, as done thanks to Kristen Wiig, and I just love how Lucy has that 1960s type of design; I mean with her hairstyle, and for her outfit she's got the dress, the heels, and the trench coat, and she's so much like me in a number of ways....Frankly though I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see much of her and Gru's relationship, aside from the wedding. Let alone, not having her in ANY of the new shorts (WHYYYYY?!?! :( ) But hey, an overall great and brilliant movie, and even better than the first. <3 :) (Y)

    But, I do also have some negatives about the movie: I very strongly dislike any of the scenes with Antonio, and I'm sorry, but there's something about bad boys and “smooth guys” that I just REALLY don’t like :p . Also, I hate to say this, and I don't do it often, but I'll make it brief: Margo should be ashamed of herself. Both for thinking that she was dating Antonio yet she barely even knew him, and for treating Gru so disrespectfully. I'll admit, Gru was mostly just being overprotective and somewhat unreasonable, yes. But at the same time he was feeling lovesickness of his own, and I really feel for him for that. So I don't think it was fair of Margo, even for a preteen. And, I really just don't see the point of dating at such a young age. Let me just put it this way: Considering a boy that's flirting with her, but she doesn't even know, to be her boyfriend is one thing. And only thinking about herself in the possibility of losing her chance on getting a mother is another. And I'm sorry for all fans who think they're “extremely adorable”, and for whatever reason think they should've stayed together, but that was just wrong and selfish (And in my eyes, even more than Gru was the first time he adopted his daughters) 

    I will say that it's still sad for Antonio to turn out to be the lame and random little douche bag he really is, and abandoned Margo for another girl (whose name I unintentionally managed to find out is Beatrice), but because of everything I've said so far, I have to think he did the right thing. Even though he still deserved to be turned into an ice block by Gru. 

    Personally, I think it was only his looks that she liked; and for the third time, I'm sorry, and I hate to be cruel, but I think it might've partly been her own fault that she got dumped. My point is, as much as I love the movie, I think Margo's whole subplot was pretty unnecessary. Again, I don't do that often. And until seeing this, Margo used to be my favorite of the Gru girls, but I love Miranda Cosgrove, and I love iCarly, and I love Despicable Mr so, so, much!! And even though Margo is happy to have a mother now, I still didn't see any apology from her to Gru about Antonio. But I hope she did, otherwise I don't know what I'd do.

    But above everything, I'm staying dedicated to DM as my favorite franchise. Like I already said, great and brilliant anyway.

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