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The story

??What??s wrong with that chicken?? says Gru (voice of Steve Carell). We know bad-guy ??El Macho,? aka Eduardo (voice of Benjamin Bratt), injected it with PX-41, his secret serum stolen from an Arctic lab, first step in Macho??s dastardly plan. Can Gru and agent Lucy Wilde (voice of Kristen Wiig) ?? she works for the Anti-Villain League ?? stop El Macho before he and the chickens take over the world? That??s the setup for ??Despicable Me 2,? computer-animated action-comedy, sequel to the 2010 mega-hit (10th biggest animated movie ever).

Will Gru and Lucy fall for each other? Are Margo (Miranda Cosgrove) and Antonio (Moises Arias) an item? Do the minions (Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud) return? See DM2 for answers.

The actors

Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher are the familiar and funny voices of (now ex-villain) Gru, Dr. Nefario, and the girls ?? Margo, Edith and sweet little Agnes. (??Don??t ever grow older,? says Gru, as he kisses Agnes good-night.) Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt and Steve Coogan join the voice cast as eccentric and energetic AVL agent Lucy Wilde, salsa-shop owner and villain El Macho/Eduardo, and pompous AVL director Silas Ramsbottom, whose last name delights minions Stuart and Dave.

Others in the cast include Ken Jeong as Floyd, Nasim Penrad and Kristen Schaal as Jillian and Shannon, who court bachelor Gru despite his reluctance. Moises Arias is the voice of Edith??s (maybe) boyfriend, Antonio. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud lead the minion voices in renditions of ??I Swear? and ??YMCA? in the big finale. They??re a hoot.

Other comments

??Despicable Me 2? will entertain young and older fans (like me) despite Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul??s script that can??t decide what it wants to be. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud direct and supply Kevin, Dave, Stuart, Bob and other minions with voices. An inspired comic creation, the minions keep house for Gru, work in his jam and jelly factory, frolic on a south seas island, and send Dr. Nefario into retirement with a 21-Fart-Gun Salute. ??It??s no fun not being evil,? says Nefario. (Full disclosure: Friends gave me a toy Fart Gun and Stuart ?? my favorite minion ?? action-figure, so I am more than just a fan of DM2.)

Rated PG for rude humor (farts) and mild action, the film runs 98 minutes. Stay for the credits or you??ll miss auditions for ??The Minion Movie.? The 3-D effects are funny and, often, lovely. Despite its multiple, meandering storylines, ??Despicable Me 2? has plenty of laugh-out-loud pleasures for kids and adults.

Final words

You want my opinion?

See ??Despicable Me,?

Gru??s back with the minions,

So see them in 3-D.

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