The sequel to Despicable Me once again follows Gru, along with his three adopted girls Margo, Edith and Agnes, and the Minions.Gru teams up with secret agent Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig) to track down a villain attempting to destroy the world. Gru must get into touch with his inner villain if he has any hope of defeating this ruthless mastermind, even though all he wants to do is settle down with his kids and make jam and jelly on the side. Things get tricky as his Minions start disappearing and he has a horrible flashback to his childhood. He also starts falling for the Fiery Redhead Lucy.The film did huge at the box office with over $970 million worldwide, and got good reviews with a 76% "Certified Fresh"/83% (top critic) on Rotten Tomatoes with their response, "It may not be as inspired as its predecessor, but Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs."(To see the Characters page, please click here.)A prequel feature film titled Minions starring the Minions has been scheduled for release on July 10th 2015.In September 2013, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced that a Despicable Me 3 film is being planned. The film is scheduled to be released on June 30th 2017.note Source: The Other Wiki
The sequel provides examples of:
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Accidental Pervert: Accidentally Invoked by Gru. Basically Gru causes this by accident to another man while he was looking at his and Lucy's next suspect.
Adult Fear: :Imagine your children being left home alone... when a stranger breaks in! Now picture that said stranger being very crazy and homicidal. Now picture that it's not a stranger at all, but one of your Brainwashed and Crazy buddies.
Berserk Button: Agnes's stuffed unicorn. She'll scream loud enough to shatter glass. This happened when an Evil Minion attempted to eat her stuffed unicorn right in front of her.
Gru's obnoxious date, Shannon, really doesn't like phonies.
Bilingual Bonus: Agnes compares Gru's head to an egg. Eduardo calls Gru "Cabeza de Huevo" (head-of-eggs). And El Pollito is 'The Small Chicken'. One of the minions also continues this from the third film and says "Kampai" to a robotic arm while raising his glass, which is Japanese for "Cheers!"
Body Horror: The effects of PX-41 greatly increases the body, turns them entirely bluish-purple, and causes all hair to become long and frizzy. It also increases aggression, as the rabbit attacking the scientists demonstrated.
Booby Trap: Played for Laughs. Lucy tried to warn Gru that Eduardo might have one. Gru dismisses this because they're in a restaurant. Not a second later, Lucy turned out to be right - it was a simple tripwire that rang a bell. Turns out, it was to let El Pollito know there were intruders.
Ditto for the entrance to the lair. In order to gain access, one must take steps on a grid of tiles, each one of which plays a specific musical note; if the steps are done in the correct sequence, the result is the Mexican standard "La Cucaracha" and access to the lair. A single misstep will trigger any one of several booby traps - all of which are far deadlier than the one that summons Pollito.
Book Ends: A subtle one. At Agnes' sixth birthday party at the start of the movie, when Gru is dressed as a fairy and a girl asks him "Why are you so fat?", he answers "Because my house is made of candy, and sometimes I eat instead of facing my problems." At the Cinco de Mayo party at the end of Act 2, Gru is seen wearing a chip hat; Eduardo states (and the directors' commentary confirms) that he was given it because he is lonely, and might need to "drown [his] sorrows in guacamole". (A little later, Margo is given one because Antonio dumped her.)
Brain Bleach: When Gru looks at Lucy's innards with the X-ray goggles, he regrets he won't forget it.
Brainwashed and Crazy: The Minions get kidnapped by El Macho and mutated to work for him. They even get new looks which are purple, wear a different variation of their overalls with El Macho's logo on it instead of Gru's and have clown hair. Gru's reaction to seeing one of them for the first time says a thousand words.
Brick Joke: When Gru turns down Silas and is forced to leave the AVL lair without Lucy's sub-boat, he's forced to use a rowboat. At the end of the movie, Lucy and Gru are stuck treading water in the sea - cue the Minions passing by in the same rowboat.
The fart gun and the freeze ray both play important roles.
In the credits, the Minions stand on a plain white background doing things that utilize the 3D of the film, just like the original.
In the original, Gru sounds unsure when he introduces Kyle as a dog, and then says he has no idea what breed he's supposed to be. In the sequel, one of Lucy's gadgets identifies Kyle as simply "Species: Unknown."
Date Peepers: Lucy spies on Gru and his date with Shannon after she spots him in a restaurant she was getting takeout from. Fortunately for her it's going badly and Gru was looking for an excuse to get out of it.
Dr. Nefario warns Gru about El Macho holding Lucy hostage as well as saving the girls from the evil minion El Macho let loose on them. He is otherwise perfectly fine with going along with El Macho's plan of terrorizing the planet.
An inversion with the AVL; a global organization taking on global evil and they have things that are too petty for them to take care of; for instance, robbing a bank or murdering a man.
Faux Shadow: At the party at the start Edith is shown on monkey bars dodging spears and spikes. One would expect this to come to fruition later in the film, possibly during a climactic scene, but no such luck.
555: Averted with Lucy's business card that features a real working phone number that, when actually dialed, goes to her voicemail.
Food As Bribe: When an ice cream truck approaches Gru's house, several of his minions rush towards it to buy some. It starts kidnapping them, but one manages to evade capture. But then the ice cream truck holds out a popsicle in front, which he licks, gets stuck to it, and is captured that way.
Foreshadowing: After the girls meet Lucy, Agnes asks Gru "Are you gonna marry Lucy?" One guess on what happens at tht end of the film.
Fourth Date Marriage: Averted. The epilogue specifically states that Gru and Lucy go on a total of 147 more dates before they get married.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: One of the zoom-ins on Gru's phone before he incinerates it, shows next to the emergency call number (labeled 'Mother') are two yellow buttons reading "Dave" and "Stuart".
Though averted, the look that Gru gives Agnes when she says "I know what makes you a boy", can hit home.
After Lucy tranquilizes Gru's bad date, she makes a sign to the baffled waiter that said date had a little too much to drink.
The Minions sing their own version of "Another Irish Drinking Song", the lyrics of which aren't exactly appropriate for children when sung in English.
When the Minions are having a party where they're getting drunk on ice cream, when the camera pans down at one point, you can clearly see a Minion pole dancing. In that same scene, a Minion slaps another Minion's butt...playfully.
Just how did they get away with Gru doing a "shoot me in the head" gesture?note When Jillian starts calling for Gru, announcing she's brought a date, he makes a gun-shape with his thumb and forefinger, aims his finger at his head and imitates a gunshot while slumping backwards.
Probably one of the reasons why the film is rated PG.
Silas' last name.
Gru: Goodbye, Mr. Sheepsbutt.
Gru: (Snickers) Yeah, like that's any better.
At Agnes' birthday party, Jillian can be seen flirting with a man who's drinking a beer. She whispers something to him, and given his shocked blushing it was likely something dirty.
Good Is Not Nice: The Anti-Villain League are pretty darn cold when it comes to the greater good. Kill a guy? Eh, too small time for them. Steal the moon? Now you have their attention.
Gru, while a good guy, and kind to his daughters, retains a healthy amount of his villainous pragmatism.
Gratuitous Foreign Language: When Gru is looking in the wall in Floyd's store for the serum, Floyd shouts "Iri wa!" (Korean for "Come here!") to get his attention. Possibly also an example of Poirot Speak.
Guilt by Coincidence: Subverted. Gru finds traces of the serum in Floyd's wig store, but is convinced Eduardo and Antonio are the culprits because his judgement is clouded by his hatred of Antonio. He's wrong about Antonio being involved, but not about Eduardo.
Gun Fu: Gru does this briefly in the last battle. The scene even slows down to make it more melodramatic.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Dr. Nefario joins with El Macho so he can do evil deeds once again, but when he learns that El Macho is holding Lucy hostage as well as learned of the evil minion El Macho let loose on the girls, he returns to Gru.
I Have Your Partner: El Macho captures Lucy and uses her as leverage to get Gru to cooperate with him. In a subversion of the trope, it's actually Dr. Nefario who warns Gru behind El Macho's back, as opposed to El Macho gloating about it.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Reverting the Evil Minions to Minions relies entirely on Gru firing the antidote jelly into their mouthsGuns Akimbo even. And in Bullet Time! May be justified as the speed at which they take effect may mean that skin contact can still work.
Jerkass: Silas Ramsbottom. In addition to the fact his whole organization embodies Good Is Not Nice, he repeatedly makes fun of Gru's business-attempts and is really callous and flippant towards both him and Lucy.
Kick the Dog: Unintentional, but Silas really put The Woobie status on Gru when the former informed the latter that Lucy would be reassigned to Australia after the case was supposedly solved. Then, he coldly dismisses him.
Kid A Nova: Antonio turns out to be one of these, much to Margo's sadness. Luckily Gru had the freeze ray with which to release his Papa Wolf.
Kids Are Cruel: In one of Gru's childhood flashbacks, Gru was rejected by the children of his school, even by his first crush. In fact, to them being touched or near a young Gru would put them at 'risk' of getting 'Gruties'.
Kidnapped by an Ally: Gru is tasered and stuffed into the back AVL Agent Lucy Wilde's car and taken under sea. Why? To recruit him to help the AVL track down the criminal responsible for taking the dangerous PX-41. Gru points out that he owns a telephone: they could have just called.
Mondegreen: The first song the Minions are singing in the final scene (Gru and Lucy's wedding) is actually "I Swear" by All-4-One, but has been dubbed "Underwear" by the fans thanks to how the chorus starts.
More Dakka: Used in the final fight of the film, where the girls and other minions fire jellied antidotes at the crazy minions to revert them back to normal.
Never Trust a Trailer: The first trailer to feature Lucy made her out to be a much more serious character than she really is.
Nice Hat: Agnes wears a sombrero to the Cinco de Mayo Party. Also at the party, the chip hat (a sombrero made out of nacho-chip material, the brim filled with guacamole) given to Gru at that party, and later to Margo. The directors' commentary states that these two got given chip hats because they were lonely.
Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: There is a pretty curious case of this with the Polish version of the movie. For the first movie, they came up with the idea to translate the title as "Jak Ukraść Księżyc" ("How To Steal The Moon"), presumably because they weren't expecting a sequel to come out. But sure enough, a sequel did come out, and it seemed that they would be forced to translate it as "How To Steal The Moon 2", making it a pretty heavy case of an Artifact Title. What they did instead? They translated the sequel's title as "Minionki Rozrabiają" ("Minions Cause Mayhem"). It makes you wonder what are they going to do with the upcoming Minion movie.
Apparently, calling it "How To Keep A Crazed Lucha Wrestler From Tying Your Potential Girlfriend To A Shark And Firing The Shark Into A Volcano" would have given too much away.
Also, why didn't they just translate the first movie as "Nikczemny Ja" (a more direct translation of "Despicable Me") is anyone's guess.
Pun: Several of the restaurants in the mall have titles that are this, including Gru's cover bakery of "Bake My Day", the flower shop "Mum's The Word", and Eduardo's Mexican restaurant "Salsa and Salsa".
Puppy Love: Margo and Antonio. It doesn't work out.
Rated M for Manly: El Macho is a hilarious, over-the-top example of the trope. The flashback in which he mixes rattlesnake venom into his whiskey, then eats the entire shot glass, is a good example. Or, of course, his Never Found the Body moment:
He died in the most macho way possible: riding a shark loaded with dynamite into the mouth of an active volcano! It was glorious!
Reality Ensues: In a refreshing way. Gru and Lucy do fall in love and get married, but more realistically with "147 dates" in between, showing kids that even what seems like a solid coupling at first glance could still use some time to mature. 147 dates is at least half a year.
The Time Skip is more realistic since Lucy and the girls could get better acquainted with each other. Gru wanted the girls to grow to love Lucy, from a friend to a mother figure. The same goes for Lucy, but as daughter figures.
Also many spent the entire movie wondering how the two will kiss with those noses. This is delightfully lampshaded.
Reed Richards Is Useless: So Gru, you want to go legit, good for you! With all this amazing gear you've developed you could make a killing in the tech industry — oh wait, you're going to go into the jam business? Uh, okay.
Downplayed in that he still uses his factories and minions to make the jam.
It's possible that he can only make gadgets to be used for villainous purposes.
Also, Gru's suspicion of Antonio himself. Gru would've been suspicious of any boy putting the moves on Margo; Antonio was just unlucky enough to be the first one to do it. However, while Gru didn't know this at first, there's a good reason to be suspicious of Antonio: he doesn't like Margo that much and breaks her heart later on.
Running Gag: Early on, one Minion gets his head stuck in a jam jar. He then makes repeat appearances throughout the film, with it still there even after being mutated, and at the wedding.
Ship Tease: Two ship teases could be seen at Gru and Lucy's wedding: Silas and Natalie (one of Jillian's friends) and Fred (Gru's friendly neighbor from the first film) and Shannon. However, the latter ship couple probably sank as Shannon became interested in another guy.
Shout-Out: To Phineas and Ferb, in a trailer where Gru tells the girls about his new job after Agnes asks if he's really gonna save the world here's what he replies:
Gru: Yes, yes I am! ** Several Minions are dressed as the Village People.
The evil Minion that calls out the one disguised with purple paint does so in the exact same pose of Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The jam-firing guns are very reminiscent of the Splurge Guns in Bugsy Malone.
The wig store owner is a shout out to two famous supervillains: Fu Manchu (oriental clothes and moustache), and Blofeld (when Gru enters his shop he is petting a white wig that looks like a Persian cat).
Two of Gru's photos - the stereotypical nerdy photo and hip-hop photo - that the girls find are based off real famous photographs (the latter being a pastiche of the Beastie Boys "greatest hits" album cover).
Slapstick Knows no Gender: Shannon goes through a lot of abuse. It starts with Lucy knocking her out with a moose tranquilizer and just keeps getting worse/better from there.
Soft Water: Gru and Lucy fall from a rocket into the ocean with no injuries whatsoever.
Slightly averted by the volcanic explosion slowing their fall before they reached terminal velocity.
Songs in the Key of Lock: To gain entrance to El Macho's lair, you must play the opening notes of "La Cucaracha" on an electronic dance floor.
Standard Female Grab Area: Despite Lucy being an Action Girl who easily incapacitated Gru and his minions earlier, Eduardo has only to grab her upper-arm to turn her into a Damsel in Distress. Probably justified by him still having some of his Charles Atlas Superpower from younger days, so his grip might be quite strong; plus they were in the middle of a party, with several civilians (mostly children) around, so Lucy, being a trained secret agent, probably wanted to avoid collateral damage from fighting back.
Stock Scream: There's a Wilhelm scream when the base is stolen.
Threatening Shark: Subverted; a shark swims up to Lucy's car, but she veers away and it passes by without harming them. Other sharks in the area don't pay them any attention. Also, the shark strapped to the dynamite-rigged rocket aimed for the volcano twitches around a little, but does no harm. The one on Lucy's rocket falls off of it and lands in a sushi shop, to the delight of its customers.
Time Skip: The ending takes place 147 dates later.
Nor do you find out the fate of the wig store owner after he is arrested under false accusation, nor is it made explicit how trace amounts of the serum made it to his store (presumably planted by El Macho).
Antonio. He got frozen at the party, but his dad is the villain and has been defeated and we never see his mom. So, what happens to him after he defrosts? He still has a lot to pay for, after breaking Margo's heart.