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Review: “Minions”

Review: “Minions”

A computer-animated family comedy from Universal. Voices: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin 7/10/15.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Despicable Me’s Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take to the Crown of England.

REVIEW: Don’t look for any real inspiring message or redemptive moment. What we have here is a rat-a-tat gag-athon. (Anything wrong with that? Who couldn’t use a laugh right about now?) They are the Three Stooges in yellow: inept, bumbling and occasionally, hysterical. Pity the poor nefarious fellow they attempt to serve, for they are a motley group.

Perhaps the minions best serve as supporting characters rather than mounting their own film; still they are adorable in their misguided way. And if you should wonder if their mischievous misadventures will be a bad influence on your minion/munchkins, I can’t help you there. It depends on their nature. It wouldn’t have led me astray. But then I’m told I was a perfect child.

It may be an endurance test for teens, but you’ll be a hero if you take your little brother or sister.

PG (Some of the antics may unnerve very little ones. Mom or Dad should be there to reassure.) Running Time: 90-some. Intended Audience: Little ones and their drivers.

By: Film and DVD Reviews by Phil Boatwright: Besides providing a monthly column for Baptist Press, Phil Boatwright reviews films for He also is a regular contributor to “The World and Everything In it,” a weekly radio program from WORLD News Group, which also publishes WORLD Magazine.

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