THE JOKES ARE GETTING STALE: ‘Despicable Me 3’ is like a decent joke told over and over until it loses most of its original funniness

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FINES MASSEY ◆ FMASSEY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

“Despicable Me 3” is a lazy attempt by the filmmakers to squeeze a few more dollars out of audiences by using the same old jokes they did seven years ago with very little change.

It’s as if the audience went to the studio and said, “Hey, I really like that gum you sold me nearly a decade ago. I’d like another piece.” But, instead of Illumination giving the audience a new piece of gum, they just grabbed old chewed up pieces of gum from the bottom’s of theater chairs, put them in a fancy package and sold them back to you for more money. Sure, there’s a little flavor left, but the whole time you’re chewing, you’ll wish you had a fresh piece of gum.

OK, so maybe that’s not the best analogy (but possibly the grossest that I’ve ever used in this column), but (at least in my mind) it’s funnier than most of the things that happen in “Despicable Me 3.”

This time around, writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio throw in a little nostalgia to try to get parents’ butts in theater seats, who if they’re anything like me, were regretting going back to the theater to see yet another movie starring those little yellow minions. The main villain of the story is Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker of “South Park” fame), who used to be a child star in the 80s known as the Evil Bratt. After puberty hit and his acting career fell through, Balthazar decided to start committing crimes like his TV character. Admittedly, I fell for the nostalgia trip. Bratt’s moonwalking, keytar filled heists are the funniest moments of this rather run-of-the-mill cartoon.

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