As far as disposable sequels to kids films, Despicable Me 3 is prettymuch on par with Cars 3 (2017). It's not a particularly memorable filmnor can it really hold its own against something like The LEGO BatmanMovie (2017) but at least it's not unpleasant. In-fact in may waysDespicable Me 3 is better than the original in that it improves itslook-and-feel and provides a decent foil for once in the form of TreyParker's Balthazar Bratt. Of course it's to the detriment of neuteringthe refreshing mean-spirited-ness of the original, but hey, at leastyou still got those Minions am I right? Despicable Me 3 catches Gru(Carell) and newly minted wife Lucy (Wiig) trying and failing to securethe world's largest diamond from the hands of Bratt our flamboyant 80'sthemed villain. Fired by the new head of the Anti-Villain League(Slate), Gru and Lucy discover he has a twin brother named Dru (alsoCarell) whom their parents separated at birth. With nothing on theirplate, Gru, Lucy and the girls (Cosgrove, Gaier and Scharrel), travelto the Mediterranean coasts of Freedonia to meet Dru.<br><br>When the family lands in Freedonia, the movie descends into a series offun but thematically incongruous vignettes. Gru bonds with his brotherover Dru's desire to become a villain, Lucy fails, succeeds and failsagain to become a mother figure to the three girls, Agnes, the youngestof the three tries to capture a unicorn, Balthazar Bratt sees his plansfor world domination come to near-fruition and the Minions...well let'sjust say they have their own thing going as well.<br><br>About half of all this busy, busy, business works at least as far asfurthering the plot. The fact that none of the film's insanity reallycoalesces into a compelling whole, only makes the film feel more like amediocre sitcom episode than an actual movie. Yet as far as inspiredmoments of slapstick, Despicable Me 3 supplies a little bit more thanis to be expected. One highlight involves Gru and Dru driving aroundthe Freedonian countryside in a golden-plated mean machine while policefollow while riding literal pigs. Parents will find these comedic bitsmore amusing than funny but the kids, the kids will be rolling up anddown the aisles.<br><br>And isn't that what this movie is ultimately about? To provideentertainment to children? While I don't necessarily condone familieswatching kid's films for their own sake (and this one in particular isall over the map as far as messaging), there's not really all that muchto object about here. Despicable Me 3 is at its core a thoughtless butentertaining jumble of sights, sounds and goofiness. Thankfully unlikeyour racist aunt, Illumination Entertainment has not used the Minionsfor nefarious purposes...at least not yet.