This guide comes from our archive. It was written by Rachel Helen Smith.
The once ill-tempered super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) has given up a life of crime in order to care for his boisterous adopted daughters, Agnes (Elsie Fisher), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Margo (Miranda Cosgrove). However, when someone steals a secret Arctic laboratory using a giant magnet, The Anti-Villain League (AVL) recruit Gru to help them find the thief. He is put to work alongside perky undercover AVL agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) and finds himself hiding out in a bakery at The Paradise Shopping Mall.
Life at home is just as eventful. Gru’s assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) has decided that he misses being evil and is leaving for a new job. Margo has fallen for the handsome young Antonio (Moisés Arias). Agnes must recite a poem about mothers in the school performance, but really she longs for a mother of her own. To top it all, Gru’s minions keep going missing. But most despicable of all, everyone seems insistent on helping Gru to fall in love…
- Did you enjoy the film, and can you explain why or why not? Did you have a favourite character and, if so, why did you like them the best?
- Did you find the film funny and why, or why not? Which moments or characters made you laugh the most? What makes the minions funny in particular?
- How did the final scene of the film make you feel? Were you able to predict how the story would end and why, or why not? Why do you think we like stories to have a happy ending?
- How did you respond to the character of Dr. Nefario? What do you think he ‘missed’ about being evil? Why did he decide to fight for good in the end?
- If you have seen Despicable Me, how was Gru different in this film? Do you think it is truly possible for people to change and why, or why not? If someone wanted to change for the better, where might they begin and who might they ask for help?
- Had you already seen Despicable Me and how did this affect your response to the film? Did Despicable Me 2 meet your expectations and in what ways? Are you likely to see Minions and why, or why not?
‘I’m a parent with two little kids, and I identified with the story in the first film because it was honest in its depiction. Having kids completely changes a person’s life, in all the best ways.’ – Steve Carell
- Do you think that Gru was a good father to the girls and why, or why not? To what extent did the film genuinely consider the issue of parenthood? Do you think that parents will particularly relate to this film, and in what ways?
- How did the film present the realities of romantic love and relationships? Why do you think that the girls are so desperate for Gru to find a wife? To what extent does our society still value the ideals of traditional marriage and the nuclear family?
- Was El Macho an effective villain and why, or why not? Did he remind you of the villains in any other films that you have seen, and what features did they share? What might these common characteristics tell us about the way our society views evil?
- Why do you think the idea of a loving father is so powerful in our society? Where else is it used, and what effect does it have? What might it tell us about human nature that we are so drawn to these figures?