The Moon or You
Despicable Me
Review by Ross Anthony

What a wonderful, yet unfortunately-titled little picture this is. Given both the tone and grade-level vocab of that first word, would-be-viewers might too swiftly write this off as a grown-up dark comedy. Okay, that's what I did, I don't know about you. But, just in case, you're tempted to take your kids elsewhere, I must say, "Despicable Me" isn't just a wonderful film, it's even "relatively" kid friendly. And by "relatively," I mean, just as kid friendly as ... say "Shrek."

Without saying too much, the film is generally speaking, a variation on the Scrooge theme. But, of course, a lot more fun and updated. The kids in this film are adorable. They'll win every heart over. And when our Scrooge sits down to read them a story, I'm not too proud to say, my eyes welled up with tears. Beautiful.

Still, definitely a better title is in order. I suggest: "Gru Grew" "Unicorn Nose" "The Moon or You." What do you think of those alternates? Have you a few of your own?

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --

  • Despicable Me. Copyright © 2010.
  • Starring Steve Carell.
  • Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud at Universal Studios.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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