Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Undespicability Force of Children

What could be sweeter (or potentially more lucrative) than the frown of evil turned upside down by fatherhood? That was apparently the thinking behind the the folks at Illumination who wanted to challenge Pixar (think Toy Story) at the movie theaters. How'd they do with the idea that men are evil (by varying degrees) until they have kids? They offed the twist that it is orphan adoptees in Despicable Me hero-villain Gru's case who salve the id of a guy after the title of worstest villain.

It's not as bad as you might think, although there is little balance in the attempt to beat the viewer over the head (paddle his/her backside) with the concept.

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