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May 21, 2010
PG for mild action, some rude
humor and brief language
Voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas,
Overall PTC Traffic
Kissing, sexual innuendo, references to pregnancy
Fantasy violence, bladed weapons, punching, slapstick
“What happens AFTER ‘Happily Forever
After’?” is the question faced by the gang in this fourth movie in the Shrek
franchise. The ogre Shrek has married his beautiful princess ogre Fiona; but
domestic life, with its endless noise, dirty diapers, and demands to “fix the
outhouse” cause Shrek to long for the good old days when he was a monstrous
ogre, feared by all and free as the wind.
But when Shrek makes a deal with the evil wizard
Rumpelstiltskin – one which causes him to never have existed – he learns how
well off he had it. But now, Shrek must convince Donkey that they are friends,
and convince Fiona (now a warrior princess leading an ogre rebellion) that they
are in love. But Rumplestiltskin has more than one magic spell at his command…
Shrek Forever After contains some content which may concern some parents. The movie’s first
scenes of Shrek consist of a montage of toilet humor, with Shrek’s children
belching, farting, pooping their pants and urinating on Shrek. In addition to
kissing some sexual innuendo is present, most notably Donkey’s questions about
his offspring with a dragon, and an elaborate gag which ends with a line about
getting “a donkey stuffed in your waffle hole.” Most of the movie’s “violence”
is standard fantasy-style action, with sword fights, swinging from ropes, ogres
hurling rocks, and suchlike, although in one scene Shrek and Fiona spar with one
another, punching each other directly in the face.
The opening scenes of Shrek and Fiona’s “domestic
bliss” make family life look downright miserable, and Shrek’s desire to “be a
monster again” clearly parallel that of men looking back fondly on their
bachelor days when faced with responsibility. But the movie also clearly teaches
the lesson that, while at times difficult, true love, marriage, and family are
definite blessings which deserve to be cherished. Shrek himself sums up the
movie’s message when he says, “I didn’t know what I had until it was gone.”
Shrek Forever After is an enjoyable coda to the Shrek saga, with action and good messages
for younger viewers and some knowing comedy for adults. The Parents Television
Council does not recommend this movie for viewers under age seven.
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