With the upcoming films Maleficent and Megamind and today's Despicable Me, it seems the hot new thing in Hollywood is the animated anti-hero. In Despicable Me, he's Gru (Steve Carell), a broad-shouldered villain with a freeze gun in tow. His mischievous acts may seem small — cutting the line at Starbucks, bursting a kid's balloon — but he has bigger fish to fry: he wants to steal the moon. To do so, Gru must swipe a shrink ray, but a new golden boy evildoer (Jason Segel) in town named Vector comes on the scene to thwart his schemes.
Gru wants nothing more than to reclaim his spot as the most infamous villain, so he can make his mom (Julie Andrews) proud. Does that make him a bad guy? Absolutely not. In fact, Gru is easy to like, as is the film. I dare say, if Toy Story 3 hadn't already made its mark, Despicable could have been the family film of the Summer. To hear why, read more