De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 goes on cheesy 80s ride

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FILM De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 (PG) 3.5 stars Voices of Steve Carell, Kris­ten Wiig, Trey Parker Di­rected by Kyle Balda, Pierre Cof­fin and Eric Guil­lon Re­view by Sue Yeap

Savvy makers of an­i­mated fam­ily films long ago re­alised there had to be some­thing in it for the par­ents, some­thing to make sit­ting in a cin­ema packed with squirm­ing chil­dren worth an hour-and-a-half of their lives.

Thank­fully, direc­tors Kyle Balda, Pierre Cof­fin and Eric Guil­lon have geared this lat­est in­stal­ment in the hit De­spi­ca­ble Me fran­chise firmly at par­ents who grew up in the 1980s with­out mak­ing it in­ac­ces­si­ble to any­one born long af­ter moon­walk­ing and Ham­mer pants were a thing.

DM3 sees Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kris­ten Wiig) sacked by the Anti-Vil­lain League agency af­ter they failed to stop the theft of the world’s big­gest di­a­mond.

This stresses out their three chil­dren, with Agnes hold­ing a yard sale of her toys.

The di­a­mond has fallen into the hands of buf­foon­ish su­per vil­lain Balt­hazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a walk­ing em­bod­i­ment of ev­ery 80s cliche imag­in­able — the pants, the shoul­der pads, the mul­let.

Bratt was a child star in the 80s with his own TV show and line of mer­chan­dise, but when his show was can­celled, he turned to vil­lainy.

Then Gru re­ceives un­ex­pected news from the far­away land of Free­do­nia — that he has a long-lost twin brother, a fact hidden by his self-ab­sorbed mother, voiced in a small but fun cameo by Julie An­drews.

When Gru, Lucy and the girls take up the of­fer to visit his twin Dru, they are greeted by an over-the-top cas­tle and a man who looks like Gru, only dreamier with long flow­ing blond locks.

Dru’s claim that the fam­ily for­tune was made by pig farm­ing is soon re­vealed to be a lie — he comes from a long line of vil­lains and wants Gru to re­turn to the dark side.

With­out telling Lucy or Dru his true in­ten­tions, Gru agrees to go along with Dru’s plan, hop­ing to steal back the di­a­mond from Bratt and get his job at the AVL back.

The reunited brothers go on a crazy mis­sion to steal the di­a­mond, with mo­ments of bond­ing and sib­ling ri­valry as they face per­ils in­clud­ing hordes of Bratt dolls that come to life, and a lot of pink bub­ble gum.

Mel, Kevin and the Min­ions are along for the ride, al­beit unhappy campers who aban­don Gru be­cause a life in the sub­urbs with three kids holds no ap­peal and they would rather be vil­lains.

The Phar­rell Wil­liams sound­track of 1980s hits from A-ha, Madonna and Phil Collins is the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the cheesy 80s sto­ry­line, which be­comes weaker as the cli­max ap­proaches.

South Park’s Parker is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the voice cast as the ob­nox­ious, ego-driven and aptly named Bratt, while Carell does an im­pres­sive job as both Gru and Dru.

Wiig gets to ex­plore an­other side of newly un­em­ployed Lucy, who ends up with plenty of time to bond with her three new step­daugh­ters now she doesn’t have to save the world — for now.

Gru is voiced by Steve Carell in De­spi­ca­ble Me 3.

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