Despicable Me 4

Despicable Me 4

2024, PG, 94 min. Directed by Patrick Delage, Chris Renaud. Voices by Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Joey King, Miranda Cosgrove, Stephen Colbert, Sofía Vergara, Steve Coogan.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., July 5, 2024

Back in 2010, the original Despicable Me was a surprise smash and launched one of the most successful and longest-lasting animation franchises ever. The secret, of course, is the Minions: those denim-clad yellow blobs of chummy chaos, amiably yearning to be the best sidekicks a villain ever had even if they're far too inept and friendly to really spread evil. But the real success of the first film lay in its surprisingly sweet story, of wannabe supervillain Gru (Carrell, sporting an outrageous middle European accent) having his heart warmed by his three adopted daughters. Between the comedy of the Minions and the touching family story, Despicable Me won audiences over. The following Minions-centric prequels have leaned heavily on the comedy, but the Gru-centric films of the eponymous Despicable Me series have lost track of what made the original so special.

Frankly, the continued determination to build up the now-reformed Gru's home life and workdays at the Anti-Villain League has left the series so overstuffed that Despicable Me 4 has to lop off a whole limb of the family tree, with freshly introduced brother Dru among multiple familiar faces kept off screen. Instead, there's a whole new vanload of supporting characters and antagonists as Dru, the girls, wife and fellow AVL agent Lucy (Wiig), and their new baby, Junior, are sent to a safe house to avoid the threat of new villain Maxime Le Mal (Ferrell), who has turned himself into a giant cockroach.

The idea seems to make Gru and family fishes out of water – a bunch of lovable weirdos in suburbia. But that’s the set up for the entire franchise, that everyday folks seemingly turn a blind eye to a madman and his little monsters living next door. Le Mal himself is the weakest villain in the series (and that’s saying something) and was seemingly written as a thin excuse to get another mid-2000s comedy star with a dodgy European accent in the cast. Once he’s there, he’s barely an afterthought. The script by Mike White (who may have been locked in the writer’s room by Illumination Studios after working on the superior Migration) and series co-creator Ken Daurio feels like a stack of B-plots stapled together rather than a full story. The girls taking up martial arts? Goes nowhere. Lucy becoming a hairdresser? Means nothing. Gru getting blackmailed by the rich girl next door (King)? Comes out of nowhere, goes straight back there. There’s not even a payoff on the obvious setup of Gru’s Minions going toe-to-claw with Le Mal’s army of cockroaches.

Thank goodness, then, for the Minions themselves. Even they aren’t immune to the dead-end scripting, with the super-powered Mega Minions failing to tug on Superman’s cape, but a recurrent gag about a vending machine provides a few decent chortles. Yet we have two Minions movies, and they still feel as weirdly fresh, funny, and endearing as ever. That’s what makes it all so disappointing that these films just can’t find a new scheme for Gru that’s as despicably delightful as the original.

Showtimes

Mon., July 15

digital 12:45, 3:20, 4:00, 6:10, 6:40, 9:45

Tue., July 16

digital 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 6:15, 8:45

Wed., July 17

digital 12:15, 3:40, 5:35, 6:20, 9:15

Mon., July 15

3-D 3:45
digital 1:00, 6:30, 9:20

Tue., July 16

3-D 3:15
digital 12:30, 6:00, 8:50

Wed., July 17

3-D 4:15
digital 1:30, 7:00, 9:50

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., July 15

digital 11:50am, 12:15, 2:20, 2:50, 3:05, 5:00, 5:30, 5:45, 8:15, 10:30

Tue., July 16

digital 11:30am, 12:15, 2:30, 3:20, 4:20, 5:20, 6:00, 8:45, 10:10

Wed., July 17

digital 11:30am, 12:15, 2:30, 3:20, 4:05, 5:20, 6:00, 8:45, 10:10

Mon., July 15

digital 10:40am, 1:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40

Tue., July 16

digital 10:35am, 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40

Wed., July 17

digital 10:40am, 1:25, 4:10, 6:55, 9:45

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., July 15

digital 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:15

Tue., July 16

digital 12:45, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Wed., July 17

digital 12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 9:00

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Mon., July 15

3-D, CC/DVS 2:30, 5:00
CC/DVS, digital 1:45, 4:15, 6:45

Tue., July 16

3-D, CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30
CC/DVS, digital 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:45

Wed., July 17

3-D, CC/DVS 12:30, 5:30
CC/DVS, digital 3:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:45

Thu., July 18

CC/DVS, digital 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., July 15

3-D, CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00
3D, CC/DVS 1:30, 6:30
CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30

Tue., July 16

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 6:30
3D, CC/DVS 1:30, 6:30
CC/DVS, digital 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00
CC/DVS, IMAX 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 10:00

Wed., July 17

3-D, CC/DVS 1:15, 3:45, 6:15
3D, CC/DVS 1:45, 4:15
CC/DVS, digital 11:15am, 1:45, 4:15
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 10:30
digital, OC 7:00

Thu., July 18

3-D, CC/DVS 2:15, 7:15
3D, CC/DVS 2:15, 7:15
CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 4:45, 9:45
CC/DVS, IMAX 11:30am

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., July 15

3-D 9:00am
digital 9:15am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40
digital, XD 9:35am, 12:05, 3:15, 5:50, 8:20

Tue., July 16

3-D 9:00am
digital 9:15am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40
digital, XD 9:35am, 12:05, 3:15, 5:50, 8:20

Wed., July 17

3-D 10:05am
digital 11:50am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40
digital, XD 9:35am, 12:20, 3:15

Thu., July 18

3-D 1:50
digital 8:45am, 11:15am, 4:25, 7:00, 9:35

Fri., July 19

3D 11:30am
digital 8:55am, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50

Sat., July 20

3D 11:30am
digital 8:55am, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50

Sun., July 21

3D 11:30am
digital 8:55am, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., July 15

3-D 12:00
digital 8:55am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00

Tue., July 16

3-D 12:00
digital 8:55am, 9:30am, 9:45am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:15, 12:30, 2:00, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00

Wed., July 17

3-D 12:00
digital 8:55am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30, 10:00

Fri., July 19

3D 9:25am
digital 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Sat., July 20

3D 9:25am
digital 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Sun., July 21

3D 9:25am
digital 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Mon., July 15

3-D 11:20am, 1:25, 4:00
digital 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:55am, 12:45, 1:55, 2:35, 3:20, 4:30, 5:10, 5:55, 6:40, 7:45, 9:10, 9:55, 10:30

Tue., July 16

3-D 10:10am, 1:25, 4:00
digital 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10, 12:45, 2:05, 2:45, 3:20, 4:40, 5:20, 6:40, 7:15, 7:55, 9:10, 9:55, 10:30

Wed., July 17

3-D 10:10am, 1:25, 4:00
digital 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10, 12:45, 2:05, 2:45, 3:20, 4:40, 5:20, 6:40, 7:15, 7:55, 9:10, 9:55, 10:30

Fri., July 19

3D 1:25
digital 10:50am, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

Sat., July 20

3D 1:25
digital 10:50am, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

Sun., July 21

3D 1:25
digital 10:50am, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., July 15

3-D 1:20, 6:50
digital 9:35am, 9:50am, 10:35am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:25, 1:00, 2:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 4:45, 6:30, 7:15, 9:30, 9:45

Tue., July 16

3-D 1:20, 6:50
digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 10:40am, 11:40am, 12:35, 1:00, 2:15, 3:10, 3:30, 4:05, 4:45, 6:00, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45

Wed., July 17

3-D 1:20, 6:50
digital 9:50am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:25, 1:00, 2:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 4:45, 6:00, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45

Thu., July 18

3-D 9:45
digital 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Fri., July 19

3D 9:45
digital 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Sat., July 20

3D 9:45
digital 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Sun., July 21

3D 9:45
digital 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 15

3-D 10:00am, 12:00, 10:30
3D 12:00
digital 9:30am, 10:15am, 12:45, 1:15, 2:30, 3:20, 4:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:00

Tue., July 16

3-D 10:00am, 12:00, 10:40
3D 12:00
digital 9:30am, 10:05am, 12:35, 1:25, 2:30, 3:05, 4:30, 5:00, 5:40, 7:30, 8:15, 10:00, 10:45

Wed., July 17

3-D 10:20am, 12:05, 10:25
3D 12:05
digital 9:35am, 12:50, 1:15, 2:35, 3:20, 4:25, 5:05, 5:50, 7:35, 8:20, 10:05, 10:50

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Mon., July 15

3-D 1:15, 5:45, 10:15
digital 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:15, 2:15, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:15

Tue., July 16

3-D 1:15, 5:45, 10:15
digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:15, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30

Wed., July 17

3-D 1:15, 5:45, 10:25
digital 10:30am, 11:45am, 12:15, 2:15, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 9:30

Mon., July 15

digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:00, 4:50, 5:20, 7:10, 7:40, 9:30, 10:00

Tue., July 16

digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:00, 4:50, 5:20, 7:10, 7:40, 9:30, 10:00

Wed., July 17

digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:00, 4:50, 5:20, 7:10, 7:40, 9:30, 10:00

Thu., July 18

digital 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., July 15

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45

Tue., July 16

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:45

Wed., July 17

digital 10:30am, 1:30, 4:00

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Mon., July 15

digital 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:00, 9:30, 11:30
IMAX 10:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, 11:00

Tue., July 16

digital 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:00, 9:30, 11:30
IMAX 10:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 9:45

Wed., July 17

digital 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 9:00, 9:45, 11:30
IMAX 10:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 10:00

Thu., July 18

digital 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:00, 9:30, 11:30
IMAX 10:30am

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., July 15

digital 10:10am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:20, 3:00, 3:40, 5:25, 6:00, 7:45, 8:20, 10:05, 10:40
digital, EVX 9:05am, 11:35am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:00

Tue., July 16

digital 10:05am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:20, 3:00, 3:40, 5:25, 6:00, 7:45, 8:20, 10:05
digital, EVX 9:05am, 11:35am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:00

Wed., July 17

digital 10:30am, 11:00am, 12:40, 1:20, 3:00, 3:40, 5:25, 6:00, 7:45, 8:20, 10:05, 10:40
digital, EVX 9:10am, 11:40am, 2:10, 4:35

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Mon., July 15

digital 10:30am, 11:15am, 1:00, 1:45, 3:30, 4:15, 6:10, 7:00, 8:45, 9:30

Tue., July 16

digital 11:30am, 12:55, 2:00, 3:25, 4:30, 5:55, 7:00, 8:25, 9:30

Wed., July 17

digital 10:20am, 11:25am, 1:00, 1:55, 3:30, 4:25, 6:15, 8:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., July 15

digital 9:00am, 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:00, 12:45, 3:00, 3:45, 5:10, 6:00, 6:45, 10:00

Tue., July 16

digital 9:00am, 9:45am, 12:00, 12:45, 3:00, 3:45, 5:45, 6:45, 9:45

Wed., July 17

digital 9:00am, 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:00, 12:45, 3:00, 3:45, 5:10, 6:00, 6:45, 9:00, 9:30

Thu., July 18

digital 9:00am, 9:45am, 11:00am, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., July 15

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
digital, dubbed 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Tue., July 16

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
digital, dubbed 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., July 17

digital 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
digital, dubbed 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 15

3-D 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:45
digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30
IMAX 12:00, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20

Tue., July 16

3-D 11:10am, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:45
digital 11:50am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:30
IMAX 12:30, 3:20, 10:20

Wed., July 17

3-D 11:00am, 1:30, 4:15
digital 12:00, 2:20, 5:00, 7:30
IMAX 12:40, 3:15, 10:20

Thu., July 18

3-D 12:30
digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:30
IMAX 11:00am

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., July 15

11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., July 16

11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., July 17

11:45am, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., July 15

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 2:45, 5:10
CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., July 16

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 2:45, 5:10
CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:50

Wed., July 17

3-D, CC/DVS 12:20, 2:45, 5:10
CC/DVS, digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:50

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 15

3-D 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30
digital 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Tue., July 16

3-D 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30
digital 1:15, 4:00, 7:25, 9:30

Wed., July 17

3-D 1:15, 3:55, 10:30
digital 1:05, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Thu., July 18

3-D 12:55
digital 11:15am, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

Mon., July 15

digital 9:45am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:30, 8:45, 10:45

Tue., July 16

digital 9:45am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 8:45, 10:45

Wed., July 17

digital 9:45am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:30, 6:00, 6:30, 8:45, 10:45

Thu., July 18

digital 9:45am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45

Mon., July 15

digital 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 16

digital 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 17

digital 10:30am, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45

Thu., July 18

digital 10:30am, 1:00, 1:30, 2:30, 4:15, 5:15, 7:00, 8:00, 10:45

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Mon., July 15

digital 11:00am, 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 9:10, 9:40

Tue., July 16

digital 11:00am, 12:20, 1:20, 2:35, 3:40, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 9:10, 9:40

Wed., July 17

digital 11:00am, 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20

Thu., July 18

digital 11:00am, 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:10, 9:40

Mon., July 15

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Tue., July 16

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Wed., July 17

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., July 15

3-D 2:45
digital 11:20am, 12:35, 3:00, 4:45, 5:25, 6:15, 7:15, 9:40, 10:15

Tue., July 16

3-D 2:00
digital 10:45am, 12:35, 3:00, 4:15, 5:25, 6:40, 8:35

Wed., July 17

3-D 2:00
digital 10:45am, 12:35, 3:00, 4:15, 5:25, 6:15, 7:20, 9:10, 9:45

Thu., July 18

3-D 2:45
digital 11:00am, 11:50am, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50

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