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Why #DespicableMe3 is for big and really big kids too


Who ever said that an animated family movie is only supposed to be seen by kids? Don’t pretend to be cool by claiming to be "too old" for these movies – we know you want to go see them just as much as anyone else, you can’t fool us!

But who can blame you, though? Not only is the animation improving, but these films are getting smarter, more sophisticated, and, most importantly, a whole lot more fun. If you need proof of this, look no further than the Despicable Me series which is anything but despicable.

It won us over back in 2010, made us fall in love all over again with the sequel in 2013, and now with Despicable Me 3 due to arrive at Cineworld on 30th June, we know that it’s a series that’s here to stay. We already know you’re looking forward to it but if you still insist that Despicable Me 3 is just for little kids, here’s five reasons why it’s for big and really big kids too.

1. Sibling rivalry

In Despicable Me, Gru (Steve Carrell) finally found his family when he adopted Agnes, Margot, and Edith. In Despicable Me 2, his family gru (couldn’t resist that one) bigger when he met his soulmate Lucy (Kristen Wiig). And this June, his family will grow even more when he is introduced to his twin brother Dru (also voiced by Carrell), a successful villain who may be tempting Gru into his old villainous ways.

If there’s anything we know about what happens when siblings get together, it’s that there’s bound to be a lot of sibling rivalry. Anyone who's had a brother or sister will know what such rivalry is like. There’s always that competition to outdo the other and show off whenever you get together at Christmas.

Even if you don’t happen to have your very own sibling, then you are bound to know somebody who does and have vicariously glimpse into this familiar phenomenon. No matter your age, you will be able to identify with Gru’s sibling struggles and find humorous resemblances between these two and your own sibling. The big question is which one of you will be more like: Gru or Dru?

2. There's an 80s-inspired villain

If you ever needed one reason to prove why Despicable Me 3 isn’t just for little kids, then take a look at main antagonist Balthazar Bratt (voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker). There couldn't be a character who could personify the 1980s any more than Bratt.

Everything from his wildly outdated fashion sense, 80s inspired gadgets including a Rubik’s cube bomb and bubble-gum traps, and his 1980s-dance inspired fighting style with more Michael Jackson references than there are minions makes it feel like the 80s have moonwalked their way into 2017.

What child is going to fully get these jokes? The truth is that a five-year-old today would have been born two whole years after the original Despicable Me was released (sorry for making you feel older there) so what are the odds they will even know what a Rubik’s Cube is? These are jokes for the bigger kids amongst you to chuckle at with your friends.

3. Clever writing

Speaking of jokes for the bigger kids out there: Despicable Me is a series that has some fantastic writing. Sure, it can be silly and features a lot of oddball characters that will get the younger members of the audience laughing but it’s the sheer creativity of these films that keep us bigger kids sticking the films on now and again for our own enjoyment.

How many times have you exclaimed to one of your friends that something was so FLUFFY? Or how many times have you put on a clip of the minions to pass a few minutes? Face it, we love Despicable Me because of its outrageous sense of humour and from what we’ve seen in the trailers, the newest movie hasn’t lost its unique sense of humour.

4. Important morals

Sometimes films can exist simply as entertainment and have no profound message to pass down to the viewer. These sorts of films are harmless enough but they often lack the voice to resonate with all audiences.

Despicable Me, on the other hand, has always had something of value to say. Whether it’s about the importance of family or staying true to yourself, there’s always something of worth to be found here. These are important lessons to expose to young children and they’re worthwhile reminding ourselves of now and again too. 

5. You're never too old to have fun

No matter how much you may still insist that Despicable Me 3 is "just a children’s movie", we know you’ll enjoy yourself. It doesn’t matter how old you are (or how old you feek), everybody likes nothing more than to have fun and enjoy themselves and what’s a better way to do so than by watching a wacky comedy that will satisfy your inner child?

Despicable Me 3 is released on 30th June.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.