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Shrek the Third
By Katherine Kunn
May 18, 2007
PG for some crude humor, suggestive content, and swashbuckling action
Mike Myers (voice of Shrek), Eddie Murphy (voice of Donkey), Cameron Diaz (voice of Princess Fiona), Antonio Banderas (voice of Puss in Boots)
10 and up
Reproductive references to pregnancy and how pregnancy occurs (not graphic, cut short before Puss can explain how one gets pregnant), anatomical reference (Shrek references Merlin’s robe not fully covering his genitalia), implied nudity when Shrek is in bed, reference to “Hooters” the restaurant, and Cinderella’s two ugly step sisters actually being men dressed in drag.
Bladed weapons, fist fights, bar fight, general mayhem and destruction with reference to storming the kingdom of Far Far Away
One instance of “suck” with Donkey having a sign on his behind saying “I suck-eth”, one implied instance of a profanity when Puss in Boots says “You, my friend, are royally (horn blares so the profanity isn’t heard by the viewer)”
the constant violence in this film, the over all rating is yellow. The sexual
references are obscure and may not be understood by children but are present
third installment in the Shrek series, King Harold has fallen ill and
wants Shrek and Princess Fiona to be his successors. Shrek does not want to be
king and when he learns that there is another heir, Arthur, he ventures out with
his buddies Donkey and Puss in Boots to bring Arthur back to the kingdom Far Far
Away. As Shrek is leaving to find Arthur, Princess Fiona reveals to him that
she is pregnant. Throughout the voyage, Shrek has anxiety about having children
and is afraid that he won’t be a good parent.
does Shrek know, Prince Charming is plotting to take over Far Far Away, claiming
that he, not Shrek, should be the heir to the throne. While Shrek is away
searching for Arthur, Prince Charming rallies all the villains from various
fairy tales to help him take over Far Far Away so that they can have their
“happily ever after” ending.
all, Shrek the Third conveys a positive message about one’s self image
and not listening to those who might taint that image.
are occasional sexual references: when Shrek asks how Fiona could be pregnant,
Puss in Boots proceeds to explain how a couple reproduces but Shrek cuts him
short; when Shrek and his buddies meet Merlin he says “If Arty trusts him that’s
good enough for me…even if his robe doesn’t cover his…(dialogue is cut short)”;
one of the ugly stepsisters from Cinderella references Prince Charming saying
“…but that Charming makes me hotter than July…”; Cinderella’s ugly step sisters
are actually men dressed in drag; and when the villains take over Far Far Away
they turn a boot store called “Ye Olde Bootery” to “Ye Olde Hooters” replacing
the “B” with an “H” and the “Y” with an “S”.
Language is not a big problem with mild instances: one of Donkey having a sign
taped to his behind that reads “I suck-eth” and one of when Shrek finds out that
he is going to be a father, Puss in Boots says “You, my friend, are royally
(horn blasts so the viewer cannot hear the end of the statement)”.
movie is littered with violence: when Charming rallies the villains there is a
scene of a bar fight; when Charming takes over the village there is general
mayhem; when Shrek fights Charming at the end; and there are other small scenes
of violence throughout the movie like Shrek choking Charming or Lancelot
bullying Arthur for example.
the movie is rated PG for some instances of crude humor, language, and violence,
the overall message compels the PTC to recommend this movie for children ten and
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