More like "Unlucky Me," both for any audience members over the age of 8 and an animated film that has the misfortune of being released while Toy Story 3
is still filling theaters. The mess begins with a convoluted plot: Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), an aging but megalomaniacal professional villain, wants to get back into the game by heisting the moon. So, he adopts a trio of pint-sized orphaned sisters to help him pilfer a shrink ray off Vector (Jason Segal), a rival baddie. Got it? Beyond the strained storytelling—think Annie
meets Dr. Evil—the entire setup smacks of contrivance, from Carell's overcooked Eastern European brogue to the uneven visuals, an original soundtrack by hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams, and Gru's throng of poodle-sized yellow minions, who go off on their own misadventures and whose ultimate purpose is to serve as the film's marketing face in lieu of the less cuddly Gru. But, Despicable Me
remains carefree enough for its younger target audience, and it hoists up enough semi-credible, late-game moral lessons to preserve a semblance of integrity.