After the tremendous positive response & box office success of the first film, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures brought out Despicable Me 2 in July of 2013. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles while Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde and new voice roles to borrow money go to Steve Coogan and Benjamin Bratt.
Set a little after the events of the first film, a secret laboratory, which contained a powerful mutagen known as PX-41 which can make indestructible and extremely aggressive monsters out of living organisms, near the Arctic Circle is stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a giant magnet. The Anti Villain League or AVL decide to recruit Gru, now out of the villainous business and a devote father to Margo, Edith and Agnes, to find out who the perpetrator is. The AVL sends agent Lucy Wilde to go bring Gru to their headquarters. Gru initially rejects their offer as he is more interested in making his legitimate business of making jellys and jams a loan calculator with interest success. He also has a big birthday pary for Agnes. However after another tasting that goes wrong Dr. Nefario, Gru’s friend and assistant, has decided to leave him for new employment, because he “missed being evil.” So Gru decides to reluctantly take the job and joins his new partner Lucy at the The Paradise Shopping Mall, where they are given a bakery called “Bake My Day” as their headquarters. On meeting Mexican restaurant owner Eduardo Perez, Gru suspects him to be the culprit as he believes that Perez is actually a super-villain called “El Macho”, a bad guy who became Gru’s inspiration for a villain who supposedly died after being TNT-laden, skysurfing a shark into the center of an active volcano.
At night the two break in but only find a hostile chicken and a secret recipe for Eduardo’s salsa in the restaurant. They then investigate wig maker Floyd Eagle-san but Gru still suspects Eduardo. Anges, who says her wish to find a mommy, suspects that Gru will fall in love with Lucy, even though he tells her that it is just professional. At a date setup with a woman named Shannon, things go horrible when his wig comes off and Lucy rescues him from the date by shooting Shannon with a tranquilizer dart. They take Shannon home, and after they say good night, Gru realizes that Agnes was right: he has fallen in love with Lucy. However the next day agents from AVL arrest Floyd as they found traces of the mutagen in his shop and Lucy is reassigned to Australia. Before leaving, Lucy gives Gru her lipstick taser to remind him of her. A heartbroken Gru goes home sad and cannot find the courage to call her. Instead he takes the girl to a Cinco de Mayo party at Eduardo’s restaurant and tries to keep Eduardo’s son Antonio who Margo ha fallen for. After he speaks to Eduardo, Gru follows the restaurant owner to a secret lair where he discovers that he was right after all! Eduardo is infact El Macho and he (and his helper, Dr. Nefario) have captured and mutated a large number of Gru’s minions using the PX-41, turning them into insane, savage purple-furred monsters. El Macho plans to send rockets full of mutated Minions to major cities and achieve world domination. El Macho tries to get Gru to join him but Gru leaves with his daughters. Margo, who in the meantime has broken up with Eduardo’s two-timing son, Antonio, who had left Margo for another girl. In his vengeance, Gru uses his freeze-ray to freeze Antonio in a block of ice.
Lucy, on her flight to Australia realizes that she has feelings for Gru so she jumps out of the plane and hang-glides down to the party. She is captured by El Macho, who knows she is an AVL agent. Fortunately Dr. Nefario who has had a change of heart, lets Gru know what is happening. Taking two of his minions disguised to look purple & pretending he was captured by two of the mutant creatures, Gru makes his way to El Macho’s mansion. Fighting alongside his daughters and Dr. Nefario, Gru and his team spray all of the mutated minions with awful-tasting jelly containing a powerful antidote that Dr. Nefario made, whereupon they revert to their friendly yellow state. El Macho then takes the mutagen himself, but Gru and Dr. Nefario overcome him using a fart gun and Lucy’s lipstick-taser. Gru then rescues Lucy, who is tied to a rocket and launched to the same volcano. Lucy accepts Gru’s invitation for a date, and the pair dives into the safety of the ocean seconds before the rocket enters the volcano. 147 dates later, Gru and Lucy are married and Margo, Edith and Agnes finally have a mother. The minions close with a rendition of “I Swear” (sung in minionese as “Underwear” and “Y.M.C.A” while the whole family dances. Then, a purple loans 100 furry minion shows up, surprising the family.
Lots of fun and enjoyment, even more than the first one, this is a must see with your family. The film has received positive reviews and has become a massive box office hit by grossing over $916 million against its budget of $76 million. 9.5 outta 10!