When we first saw the theatrical trailer for producer Chris Meledandri's newest film Despicable Me, we'll admit, we rolled our eyes as these odd overall-wearing, yellow pellets stuttered over the film's title, then emitted sounds reminiscent of a clown doll and Spongebob Squarepants. Still, our curiosity got the best of us, and that was a good thing, indeed.
Watching the film, we learned that these quirky little guys are actually called Minions—think of them as this generation's Oompa Loompa—and that this 3-D/CGI animated film is not just your average kids movie. Yes, it is goofy. Yes, it is stupid. But it's also loaded with cleverness and whimsy. Frankly, it made us giddy. What Does It Mean When He Says "You're Fun"?
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Though we never would've guessed from the trailer, the movie is actually about a supervillain who adopts three young girls. Though Steve Carrell is charming as he puts on his thickest, most indeterminate European accent, Despicable Me is at its best when the girls are onscreen. Is It Better For A Man To Be Funny Or Rich?
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We also would not have guessed that we might learn something from watching the film. As we watched the adorable Agnes, voiced by Elsie Fisher, warm Gru's evil heart and get her way with him, it occurred to us that at times, it pays to be childlike, especially in a relationship. (Note, we didn't say childish.) Read on to see what we mean.
1. Know what you want, and don't rest until you get it.
Now, we're not talking about whining and throwing tantrums, but we are talking about establishing what you want, and holding fast until you get it. While compromise is key, there are times that it's essential that you remember what you set out to get and refuse to settle for anything less.