The villain with a heart of gold and his lovable band of yellow buddies has returned to the big screen to put smiles on the faces of children both young and old. Despicable Me 3 is a fun, light-hearted adventure that provides its audiences plenty of laughter.

In this latest chapter, Gru (Steve Carell) is a reformed villain working to stop other evildoers who wish to unleash their diabolical plans upon the earth. After failing to apprehend villain, Balthazar Bratt, (Trey Parker) Gru is fired from his agency. With his life at a crossroads, Gru is invited to meet his twin brother, Dru (Carell) whom he has never met — and the pair finds out they have a lot in common.

Dru believes that one last heist will bring them closer together and follow in the footsteps of their father, who was a master villain.

A simple sign of a successful comedy is the sound of laughter, which was very much the case in the theater I was in. I know, for myself, that when I left the theater my cheeks were a little rosy due to the humor.

The villain, Bratt, made me chuckle quite a bit with his personality, style of dress and taste of music that was stuck in the 1980s. His form of fighting by dancing was quite amusing, also.

I didn’t know breakdancing or the moonwalk were effective fighting styles.

Bratt’s catch phrases remind me of such television shows like “The A-Team” — corny, but funny.

The Minions did a good job in breaking up the heartfelt moments between Gru and Dru, as they provided the much-needed comic relief with their zany antics centered on a love of bananas.

"Despicable Me 3" also shared some valuable life lessons for some of the younger audience members.

One such lesson was learning to accept people for who they are, which was shown through the relationship between Gru and Dru. As the movie progressed, it took time for the two brothers to get to know each other and for that bond friendship and love to take hold. But, over time it happened, and the differences between the two faded away.

Gru and his Minions in this film provide an enjoyable time for families to spend together without having to worry if some objectionable content will appear on the screen. I’m looking forward to seeing again when I take my nephew out to share some time together.

I give “Despicable Me 3” four and a half-mustaches out of five.

The movie is rated PG for action and rude humor and runs 90 minutes.


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