'Despicable Me 2'
The Russian-accented Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a different villain than when we last saw him. He has traded in a life of crime, including moon thievery and other hijinks, for a more sedate occupation. Gru, his accomplice, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), and the minions now spend their days making jam, and Gru passes his evenings taking care of his adopted trio of daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes. His biggest stressors are planning Agnes' birthday party and coming to grips with Margo's interest in boys.
But this homey existence is shaken when agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) of the Anti-Villain League drops in with a lipstick taser and a plan to recruit the reformed bad guy. It seems that an under-the-radar super villain has used a giant magnet to make off with an entire laboratory that housed a gooey substance capable of transforming people, animals and minions into purple snaggletoothed monsters that eat everything in sight.
The league has tracked the super villain to a mall, and they need Gru to embed himself deep within the concrete jungle to discern which of the store owners is responsible. Gru agrees to take on the gig, although he's hardly thrilled to be joined by Lucy as his new partner.
"Despicable Me 2" is a tamer movie than its predecessor, which may irk some of that movie's fans. A better title might be "Delightful Me," given that Gru is entirely devoted to his kids and seems disinclined to revisit his former profession.
Then again, Gru doesn't shed all of his former tendencies. He's still an unassuming action hero, with impressive moves for a man built like a barrel balancing atop chopsticks. He just tends to laugh less maniacally between action sequences.