Underrated Family Films: Megamind

by MATT STOKES |APRIL 20, 2018

This is part of an ongoing look at underrated non-Disney/non-Pixar family films. 

Twin Films have a long history in the annals of cinema. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” are one of the go-to examples, but the phenomenon goes back to the invention of movies. Rarely do both of the twins succeed—Gone With the Wind overshadows JezebelBabe overshadows Gordy, and Girls Trip overshadows Rough Night. But sometimes the movie that loses is worth checking out, as is the case with Megamind, to which audiences reacted with general indifference after it was released in 2010 so soon after the similar Despicable Me. As we address in our video, it’s not a bad movie, and deserves to be seen as on par with its much more successful counterpart.

Megamind

Director: Tom McGrath

Cast:
Megamind: Will Ferrell
Roxanne: Tina Fey
Tighten: Jonah Hill
Minion: David Cross
Metro Man: Brad Pitt
Bernard: Ben Stiller

Released: July 9, 2010

Domestic Box Office: $148 million

[In comparison, Despicable Me made $252 million]

72%

7.3/10

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Verdict?

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What other movies have we been reconsidering? 

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