Opens: Friday 7/9
Us Rating: ***
This dark family comedy features the repulsive Gru (voice of Steve Carell), a villain whose plot to steal the moon goes awry when he adopts three female orphans -- and affection softens his heart. The story is hilariously over-the-top, yet understandable from a child's perspective (kids will crack up when Gru uses a freeze ray on other customers to cut in line at a coffee bar). Despicable has some hysterical moments, thanks to Russell Brand as Gru's henchman and Jason Segel as his bumbling rival. Another standout: Julie Andrews scores as Gru's overbearing mother, whose lack of maternal love made him do anything to get attention.