If you are a parent and value you your sanity, I would not recommend taking your children to see Despicable Me. Not because Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment's first foray into the CGI animated kids film territory dominated by Pixar and Dreamworks is a bad movie. It's quite the opposite, actually. Despicable Me's greatest strength is that it is meticulously engineered to be quoted, reenacted, and re-purposed by children until adults can no longer endure the repetition. Sure, those of the legal guardian age will be able to appreciate the film as a clever, amusing-enough summer distraction, but it is teens and under who will milk the most out of every aspect of Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's feature film debut.

Steve Carell voices one of the world's most nefarious super-villains, Gru, who when faced with the competition of an upstart, digital-age villain named Vector (Jason Segel), devises a plan to regain the international crime spotlight by stealing the moon. The shrink ray required for such a celestial heist winds up in the hands of Vector, unfortunately, which then results in Gru scrambling for plan B: adopt a trio of orphaned girls who can, against their knowledge, exploit Vector's weakness for Girl Scout cookies.