This is an animation movie. It starts with a new super-villain named Vector (voice of Jason Segel) trying to make his reputation as a master criminal. Vector steals the Egyptian pyramid which makes world news. Gru (voice of Steve Carell) does not like this, because Gru believes that he himself is the world's greatest criminal. To prove this to the world, Gru wants to steal something even much larger than the pyramid. Gru plans to steal the Moon. In order to accomplish this amazing feat, he plans to first steal a shrink-ray device, that he will be able to use to get the Moon down to a size where he can steal it.
Gru needs financing for his nefarious scheme, so he goes to the Bank of Evil (that used to be called Lehman Brothers). While waiting to see the bank manager to ask for the loan, he meets Vector in the waiting room. Gru thinks Vector is an arrogant little twit. The bank manager denies Gru's application for the loan and tells him he should go get the shrink-ray device first. Of course, that's what Gru needs the money to accomplish. But the bank manager is unsympathetic, tells Gru that he is washed-up as a criminal, and that the bank is now supporting the younger, more savvy criminals, like Vector who he tells Gru is the one that stole the pyramid.
Gru is determined to advance his plans to steal the Moon to show Vector who is the real top criminal master-mind. Gru and his minions successfully steal the shrink-ray device. Gru contacts the bank once again to tell the bank manager he has it. The manager still refuses to give the loan, instead he secretly tells his son, who is Vector, that Gru has the shrink-ray device so his son can steal it from Gru and then steal the moon as well.
Vector succeeds in stealing the shrink-ray device from Gru. Gru knows where Vector lives and that the shrink-ray device is inside the house, but try as he might he cannot find a way to get into the house to get it back. Vector defeats his every attempt, mocking him with each failure. But Vector has a weak spot. He loves cookies. When three little orphan girls come to Vector's house to sell cookies, he immediately let's them enter. Gru comes up with the idea of using the girls to help him defeat Vector. He finds out they are orphans and adopts them. Then his evil scientist friend Dr. Nefario makes robots that look like cookies, which the girls successfully take back into Vector's house. These robots help Gru steal back the shrink-ray device.
Having no further use for the little girls, Gru plans to abandon them in the nearby amusement park. But instead, he is forced to take them on the rides because they are too little to go on rides without an adult accompanying them. To Gru's surprise, he falls head-over-heels for the three little girls when they have a grand time together.
All his money gone, Gru feels defeated that he cannot continue his master plan to steal the moon but his minions all chip in enough money so they can continue. Gru steals the Moon, but Vector steals it from him. Vector also kidnaps the girls to keep Gru from stealing the moon back. Gru cares more about the girls than the Moon and saves them from Vector. The Moons expands because the shrink-ray effect wears off. As the Moon enlarges, it takes itself back to the correct position orbiting the earth and takes Vector along with it.
Best part of story, including ending:
It is charming that the little girls convince the master-mind criminal Gru to be a kinder, nicer person.
Best scene in story:
A great scene is when Gru finally gets some recognition from his own mother who has treated him so poorly as a child. This is what made him want to achieve so much as a master-mind criminal which explains his behavior.
Opinion about the main character:
Anyone who takes on the Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers) is a hero in my book.