Gru (Steve Carrell), retired master villian, is trying to settle down to an honest life with his three adopted daughters. Aided by his chief henchman, Dr. Nefario, and the Minions, initial efforts are having distinctly mixed success. When an extremely dangerous "transmutation" formula is stolen (in a delightful James-Bond homage opening sequence), Gru is forcibly recruited by Anti-Villain League agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) to help find out who's got it and foil their plans.
Of course, no one's plans go as planned. Curmudgeonly Gru is of no mind to help law enforcement, Gru's own plans and home life are going awry, and pretty soon, he, Lucy, the minions and even the girls, are meddling in the plans of the sinister opponent.
Very funny and charming, with entertaining action and effects. There were numerous references to other action movie/science fiction/superhero films, which adds to the fun.
The animation for this film is remarkable, being as convincingly 3-D (even though seen in 2-D) as anything I have seen, Pixar efforts included.
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