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Age by Age Review For: Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2

In Theaters Now
Best For Kids (6-9)
Rated PG
Age-By-Age Guide
Animation | Comedy
Bad guy-turned-good father Gru (Steve Carell) is called back into the underworld of crime, but this time he's representing the right side of the law.

Despicable Me is one of the top 10 animated films of all time, and this sequel is as funny and charming as the original! The Minions are as irresistible as ever, and the story has a real sweetness to it as Gru lovingly tends to his three young daughters and falls heavy for Lucy (Kristin Wiig), his new partner from the Anti-Villain League. With something for everyone, this is a perfect family movie. Stay through the credits to feel like you’ve gotten your 3D money's worth!
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
Maybe There's little question preschoolers will adore the Minions and Gru's three young charges, especially adorable Agnes, but it may be hard to rationalize taking a 3-year-old to watch a movie in which a character walks into the room and announces, "Someone's going to die tonight." Five-year-olds will, of course, enjoy the potty humor and the Minions' antics.
Kids (6-9)
Yes The movie has so much heart and humor, and will attract kids as naturally as the giant magnet the villain uses to pull in the Minions. They'll appreciate the "family above all" message and will laugh when, at one point, the Minions are referred to as "Munchkins!"
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe Unlike many animated movies, this one is still likely to appeal to tweens because of its irreverent attitude and the hilarious characters. They may also be fascinated to discover that Gru was bullied at school as a child, and start thinking about the role that played in his later life. They'll find it reassuring to see that he's able to turn himself around and become a loving and caring father.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Celebrates family
  • Good triumphs over evil
Movie Minuses

  • Destruction and perilous situations
  • Potty humor
  • A Minion's bare backside