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Reel Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels
MPAA Rating: PG for action and rude humor
Released in Theaters: July 10, 2015 (2D, 3D)
Best for Ages: 6+
Genre: Family, Action Adventure, Sequel
Runtime: 91 minutes
Synopsis: In this prequel to Despicable Me, Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who hatches a plot to take over the world.
Sex/Nudity: Brief glimpses of the Minions' bare or thonged bottoms, as well as covering up their bare bodies with sea life. London guards are hypnotized to strip down to boxers and dance and sing to the song Hair, slapping each other on the behind.
Violence/Gore: Cartoon-like explosions, freeze guns, and villains dying in various ways (a vampire dies in the sunlight, a T-Rex falls into lava, a yeti is killed by an ice block). A family of bank robbers shoots police with paint guns. The Minions are in various peril throughout the movie, but no one is hurt. The most intense scene involves a torture chamber, but it's brief.
Profanity: Insults such as "loser" and "idiot."
Drugs/Alcohol: None.
Which Kids Will Like It? Kids aged 6 and older who like the "Despicable Me" movies or cute cartoons with lots of action.
Will Grownups Like It? "Minions" is really fun, and includes lots of references that grownups will love.
Review: Those adorable minions are back! And I couldn't be happier to see them in their very own movie and learn the origins of these loveably quirky creatures. Turns out they've been around a while. At the dawn of time, they began as single-celled organisms and evolved through the ages, serving the most despicable of masters, from T. Rex to Dracula to Napoleon.
But when they find themselves without someone to serve, they fall into a deep depression and hole up in a frigid ice cave in the middle of nowhere. So one Minion named Kevin, alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, embark on a thrilling journey to find their next potential master.
The trip takes them to 1960s New York City, where they learn that "Villain-Con" is set to take place in Orlando, Florida. In this case, it turns out to be the evil Scarlett Overkill, the world's first-ever female super-villain (you go, girl!).
The Minions win Scarlett's trust and accompany her to England, where they must prove their loyalty by stealing the queen's crown jewels with the help of Scarlett's weapons-specialist husband, Herb. One thing leads to another, and the Minions find themselves in the middle of a plot to take over the world (but of course).
As in the Despicable Me movies, the Minions love to cause havoc, and they do it in super cute ways. I'm guessing directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and writer Brian Lynch probably didn't spend as much time on the Minions' language as Tolkien did creating the elaborate language of Middle Earth, but whatever the Minions are saying, it's adorable. It's like some wild amalgamation of English, Spanish and French, with some Czech thrown in to mix it up. The addition of Scarlett and Herb is brilliant, especially with Bullock and Hamm channeling their wacky inner villains. Since the story takes place in the 1960s, grownups who accompany kids to the theater will appreciate the references to TV shows like The Saint and The Dating Game, as well as the soundtrack's classic hits like Happy Together, My Generation, You Really Got Me, and of course, Mellow Yellow

Published July 2015