Children and stoners rejoice: the Minions are back. Minions: The Rise Of Gru uses the story of Gru's budding super-villainy as a conveyance for more bumbling, uniquely addictive hijinks from the Three Stooges/Marx Brothers/Looney Tunes-inspired gibberish spouters, and the ride is considerably more pleasant than you might expect. Nobody is going to mistake these yellow, overalls-clad Styrofoam peanuts for leading men of substance, but director Kyle Balda ( Despicable Me 3 ) redeems the best part of the franchise he helped create by wisely giving Gru—and any slightly more serious storytelling—a back seat to the most fun you'll see this side of Wile E. Coyote's Acme catalog. Watch 5 to watch: The A.V. Club’s best reviewed films of the week 00:57 Now playing Gwyneth Paltrow would like to inform you that nepotism is, like, really hard Thursday 8:45PM 01:07 Now playing Madonna to direct her own damn biopic Thursday 9:08PM Back in the 1970s, Gru (Steve Carell) was still in short pants when he hatched ambitions to be a super villain. After discovering that evil team the Vicious 6 is looking for a new member following the demise of founder (and Gru's idol) Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru applies for… Read full this story
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