The film had a dark and whimsical sense of humor that was occasionally downright grisly. Gru adopted three sugar-sweet orphan girls who could help him infiltrate his archenemy's compound. He put the girls to sleep in hollowed-out bombs. When one appeared to be skewered inside an iron maiden he kept in the kitchen, he shrugged, "Plan can work with two."
Margo, Enid and Agnes are back and more prominent in this tale. No longer a misanthrope, Gru dotes on his daughters and spends much of his time fending off inappropriate dates foisted on him by his busybody neighbors. An odd-couple potential romance appears when he teams up with an agent of the Anti-Villain League (Kristin Wiig, returning from the original, but in a new role) to discover which shop owner at the local mall is a baddie in disguise. Is the new fiend on the block the oddly coiffed owner of the wig shop (Ken Jeong)? The proprietor of the Mexican restaurant (Benjamin Bratt), who serves his customers life-size taco sombreros filled with guacamole?
As before, Gru's assisted, sort of, by a zany band of yellow, pill-shaped Minions, who jabber a gibberish language and cook up all manner of clumsy monkeyshines. The roster of grown-up characters is smaller than in the first outing to make more room for the Minions' accident-prone antics and gobbledygook versions of platinum-selling pop hits. It's all as bright and bouncy as a roller-coaster ride.
And, in the end, pretty much any gag that would go over the head of a 7-year-old has been removed.