Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Ken Jeong, Danny R Mcbride, Jack Mcbrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jemaine Clement, Rob Huebel, Ken Daurio
Plot / Synopsis:
The story is of a supervillain named Gru who plans to use three orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, only to find that their innocent love is profoundly changing him.
The film earned positive reviews from critics, and grossed more than $500 million worldwide, against a budget of $69 million.
The movie begins with a news broadcast revealing that an Egyptian pyramid has been stolen. When super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) hears of this, his pride is injured, and he resolves to pull the biggest heist of the century by stealing the Moon.
Gru tries to get a loan from the Bank of Evil and meets a young super-villain, Vector (Jason Segel), who annoys him. Bank president Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett) refuses to grant Gru the loan until he obtains a shrink ray necessary for the plan. Mr. Perkins tells Gru that he is getting too old and that new super-villains are younger and better, like Vector, who is revealed to be the one who stole the Pyramid of Giza. Before Gru leaves the bank, he freezes Vector's head in anger.
Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a secret lab in East Asia, but Vector steals it from him. Gru and the minions chase him, piloting their ship after him and firing weapon after weapon, all of which Vector dodges. Vector then shoots Gru's ship with the shrink ray, causing it to rapidly grow smaller with its passengers still inside. Gru and his minions manage to avoid being crushed, and ride their tiny ship back home.
Gru attempts to get the shrink ray back from Vector's lair, but fails due to the formidable weaponry defending it, and is unable to get inside. After seeing three orphaned girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) enter the lair to sell cookies to Vector, Gru adopts the girls from Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), the head of the orphanage, to use them to steal back the shrink ray. Gru has his assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) build robots disguised as cookies.
Gru shuts down Vector's defenses, and he manages to steal the shrink ray, despite having numerous difficulties, and almost being caught by Vector. On the way home the girls ask to go to an amusement park. Gru agrees, intending to leave the girls there. Instead, the attendant says he, as an adult, has to ride the roller coaster with them. As the day goes along, Gru begins to bond with the girls, much to the annoyance of Dr. Nefario. Back at home, he presents his plan to Mr. Perkins via video. The girls keep interrupting him by freezing his body with his freeze ray, asking him if they could order pizza, and drawing a picture of him sitting on his toilet. Perkins again refuses to give him the loan, claiming that although he doesn't have a problem with the plan, he just wants a younger villain to do it instead. Gru has a flashback of his childhood, depicting his wanting to go to the moon after seeing the first moon landing. When he tried to impress his mother (Julie Andrews) with models of the rocket (and an actual working one), she simply ignored him. Mr. Perkins calls Vector (revealed to be his son, whose real name is Victor) to the Bank of Evil to inform him that Gru has the shrink ray. Vector reassures his father that he will get the Moon. Gru almost abandons his plan due to lack of funds, but the girls and the minions take up a collection to keep it going.
However, Gru has to make a choice, because the moon will be in the optimal position for the heist on the same day as the girls' ballet recital. Dr. Nefario, seeing the girls as a distraction, contacts Miss Hattie, who arrives to take the girls back. Gru, the minions, and the girls are heartbroken. Gru goes on with his plan and flies to the moon. Vector tries to latch onto the rocket, but Gru's defense mechanism prevents him from doing so.
Gru makes it to the Moon and successfully shrinks and pockets it. Gru remembers the ballet recital and rushes to it. However, when he gets there, it has ended. There, he finds a ransom note from Vector demanding the moon in exchange for the girls. After Gru hands over the moon, Vector reneges on the deal, keeping the girls and the moon. This enrages Gru, who storms Vector's lair, this time successfully breaching the defenses by dodging Vector's heat-seeking missiles and making them blow up the outside entrance, as well as incapacitating a shark. Vector flies off in an escape pod with the girls. Gru holds on to the exterior of the ship. He nearly falls to his death, but is rescued by Dr. Nefario piloting the same ship that Vector shrunk earlier, which had regrown to its previous size. Nefario reveals that the larger the object, the quicker the effects of the shrink ray wear off. Very soon, the moon begins to grow and roll around inside Vector's ship, slamming into him and smashing the girl's prison cage, freeing them. Gru's ship then deploys a grappling hook, which latches onto Vector's ship. Dr. Nefario reverses thrusters, and Gru's ship begins to pull back Vector to keep him from escaping. Gru then climbs onto the wing of his craft, and he tells the girls to jump, and that he will catch them. Edith and Agnes make it, but Margo is delayed by Vector, who grabs onto her and starts to close his ship's boarding ramp, but the rolling moon slams him back into his ship. The grappling cable snaps, causing Gru and Margo to fall, but they are rescued by the minions. Gru's ship accelerates and jets away as Vector's ship explodes, and the Moon is propelled back into orbit, with Vector stranded on its surface.
Gru and the girls settle down to live a happy life as a family. Before the girls go to bed, Gru reads them a book he wrote called "One Big Unicorn" after the original book "Three Sleepy Kittens" was destroyed by Gru, who never liked reading it to the girls. The girls then hold a special ballet recital for Gru, his minions, and his mother who acknowledges Gru to be a better parent than she was. The music changes from Swan Lake to You Should Be Dancing, and everyone rushes on stage to dance. The film ends as Gru and the girls take the scissor lift to the roof and enjoy the view of the Moon.