Despicable Me 2: When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.

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This was one of the cutest films to come out from Illumination Studios, and they are not stopping any time soon. The sequel to Despicable Me, this takes us on a new chapter in Gru’s (Steve Carell) unusual life, and involves his extended family of adopted daughters, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove),Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher), a multitude of minions, and even Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand). Gru is now an ex-villain, and is settling down to a life of being a superdad, throwing fairytale birthday parties, and creating a line of jams and jellies with the help of his minions and the doctor. Things are not quite as exciting as they once were, but he kind of likes the way things are going. When a secret lab in the Arctic goes missing, he is kidnapped by an agent known only as Lucy (Kristen Wiig), and things are once more chaotic again.

Lucy is a agent for a secret crime-fighting organization know as the AVL, the Anti-Villain League. They don’t get involved in petty thefts of even murder, but when big time heist go down, they jump in. Gru’s attempt to steal the moon gained their attention, and now they have called him in to find the thing that was taken from the secret lab. It is a mutation potion that will turn docile creatures or people in to crazed killing machines. Now Gru and Lucy have been set up with a cupcake shop in the Paradise Mall to find out who is behind the theft. While this is going on, Gru still has to contend with his family life and the crazy neighbors that are trying to set him up with dates. On top of this, Dr. Nefario leaves as he has a new job offer and wants to get back into the evil game.

While Gru and Lucy do their investigation, they set up the bakery to be run by the minions, and are greeted by Eduardo (Benjamin Bratt) who runs the Salsa y Salsa Mexican restaurant in the mall. Gru recognizes Eduardo as El Macho, a big time criminal from the past, but the AVL does not believe him, and in the investigation, they evidence at another store, but the shopkeeper has been framed. During the time together with Lucy on this job, Gru is falling for his partner, and she’s just as crazy and flawed as he is.

Meanwhile, Margo has developed an interest in boys, and Gru has become the overprotective dad, and when Eduardo’s son, Antonio (Moises Arias) shows interest in Margo, he knows something big is going to go down. Eduardo invites the family to a Cinco de Mayo party, and it is here where everything goes down.

Too much more would spoil this great movie and I’ll stop here, but this a a non-stop laugh fest family film with a soundtrack featuring Pharell Williams that you should not miss! With that, this is exactly why

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆ 

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