Miranda Cosgrove

'Despicable Me 3' is so bad it's almost unendurable

'Despicable Me 3' is so bad it's almost unendurable

Even the title seems off.

If we needed this third film about a reformed supervillain named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), his ever-expanding family, his endlessly merchandisable Minions and his increasingly tiresome Manichaean struggle, it really should have been called “Despicable We.” After all, the new movie’s main plot point is the reunion of Gru with Dru (also Carell), the identical twin brother he never knew he had — a lame brand-extending contrivance that comes straight out of “The Parent Trap.”

You might describe “Despicable Me 3” as a parent trap, too, though probably not the kind that the hard-working people at Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment had...