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Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Directed by Pierre Coffin,  Chris Renaud

Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand




A master criminal has stolen a top secret research lab so the AVL (Anti Villain League) recruit Gru to help find the culprit because who else would be better than a villain to catch a villain.


The film centres around Gru working as a spy for the AVL while at the same time his relationships with his adopted children and women as potential mother figures.

The film has plenty of laugh out loud moments but these don’t really come from the main character of Gru. The minions make this film so much so that it could have just been about them. It doesn’t matter that they don’t speak in English and you don’t know what they are saying because that sort of makes them even funnier. These little guys are becoming my favourite animated characters of all time. The witty one liners and the singing in the film will get you laughing every single time they are on screen.



The film as a whole wasn’t the best when it came to storyline but the minions made the film very enjoyable and will make you quote bits forever more. Probably not worth a cinema visit but do check this film out when it is released to Buy or rent.


TheFriedGold rating – 6/10 – the minions were the stars



Film Fact

Look out for the minions in their own feature film in 2014 which will take place before they met Gru



Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone




What should be a romantic meal out and a nice time to get out of house turns into a life changing moment as a wife asks her husband for a divorce. Steve Carell plays the husband here, who for the first time in his life is single and in an unusual position. In comes Ryan Gosling, a professional bachelor who shows him how he should be living life from his clothes to the way he speaks.

The film plays out by looking at everyone’s relationships and the issues they are having. However the film is not a straight forward lovey-dovey romantic film. It throws in bits of comedy here and there which you expect from a film starring Steve Carell. For the girls watching the film (and my man-crush I have developed – Drive ) Ryan Gosling is the eye candy and the line as said by Emma Stone’s character in the film ” fuck! Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!” describes him in just a few words. Emma Stone is there for the guys watching this film looking as lovely as ever.

Ryan Gosling plays his usual character of cool and mysterious. He might do this for most of his characters but they have all worked, he plays the guy women want and the guy men want to be.

This film probably didn’t have the amount of comedic input that I expected it to have and did focus heavily on the relationships going on in the film. But as an enjoyable take on the mixed up lives of a family I did enjoy it. I would say it’s worth a watch but don’t expect lots of laughs.


Film Fact

On the side of the moving truck, the brand is called “U Can Do It”. This is an apparent nod to The Waterboy and several other movies where Rob Schneider plays a townie who yells it to the hero in the movie.



Despicable Me (2010)

Despicable Me (2010)

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Starring Steve Carell, Jason Segal and Russell Brand



What’s the best way to be the most notorious villain of all time? Steal something big! When a new villain comes to town and steals a Pyramid, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, must come up with something bigger to steal. The ultimate plan is to steal the moon and then people will recognise him as a Super villain. As you would expect things do not exactly go to plan.

In this film there is no good guy to battle the bad guy. It is villain against villain. Who can be best at their job. Gru’s plan to be the best villain around stumbles with the introduction of 3 little girls he adopts to assist him in his evil plans. He goes from not caring about anything but being the best bad guy to realising that there is more to life.

The film has a big voice cast of Steve Carell, Jason Segal, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews amongst others. All the characters have some funny lines but what really makes the film are the minions. Gru has hundreds of minions who do all his building, planning, testing and babysitting. They do not talk properly they are very small and funny looking and with this give some of the funniest moments of the film.

Young or Old people will enjoy this film of the bad guy getting one over on the other bad guy and everyone will love the minions so much you will want your own one.


Film Fact


The directors actually wrote a language for the gibberish the minions speak throughout the film. They called it “minion-ese”. Each word the minions speak in the film translates into an actual word.