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Bill Murray

It was a good movie in the vein of How the Grinch Stole Christmas sort of way. At least there was no Jim Carrey

El Jefe

Second the minion-love. We should all have an evil boss that cool. Also the relative realism of the kids. (The little raven-haired girl, whose name I now forget, reminded me an awful lot of my youngest. How can you not love names as outdated as Margo, Edith, and Agnes, too, they have a deep grace to how out of place they are.) And Gru is a remarkably more interesting and, as you pointed out Lance, plausible variation on what I'd guess was the distant inspriation for him -- Silas Marner -- and in a story that's not plotted along like the Grinch resolves himself in a satisfying way.

"Macabrely heroic in his villainosity" is the awesomest phrase in a movie review in quite a long time.

Jonathan Korman

You've touched on something that I frusta noticed watching The Sopranos: a big part of why we can get behind the monstrous Tony Soprano is that we respect him being good at his job.

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