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"SHREK 2"
(2004) (voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Mild Heavy *Mild Moderate
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Mild Mild Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Mild Moderate *Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: An ogre must deal with attempts by his wife's fairy godmother and royal father at undermining his marriage.
PLOT:
Now that's he married to Princess Fiona (voice of CAMERON DIAZ), swamp resident Shrek (voice of MIKE MYERS) would seem to be a happy ogre. Yet, not only must he deal with his persistent sidekick, Donkey (voice of EDDIE MURPHY), but also the fact that Fiona's parents, Queen Lillian (voice of JULIE ANDREWS) and King Harold (voice of JOHN CLEESE), have summoned them to their castle in Far, Far Away Land.

Shrek is reluctant to go, but Fiona convinces him and soon they and Donkey set out on their long trek. While Shrek isn't surprised by his in-laws' reception, Fiona is upset that her parents are disappointed both by how she looks (she's in ogre form) and who she married.

With pressure from Fiona's Fairy Godmother (voice of JENNIFER SAUNDERS) who wanted her son Prince Charming (voice of RUPERT EVERETT), to be the one who rescued and then married Fiona rather than Shrek, King Harold tries to do in the ogre. He does so by hiring the feline assassin Puss in Boots (voice of ANTONIO BANDERAS).

With a magic potion causing Shrek, Donkey and Fiona to become physically attractive, and Fiona being under another spell where she'll fall in love with the first person she kisses, the characters must overcome various obstacles as they try to prevent Harold, Charming and the Fairy Godmother from getting their way.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're too young to know or are older teenagers who don't think Shrek is cool, most every other kid will probably want to see it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: MPAA
For some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • It's debatable whether kids view animated characters (particularly non-human ones) as role models, but here's a quick look at the main characteristics of the major ones.
  • SHREK is a recently married swamp ogre who once again must deal with how others react to his physical appearance. He's a bit crude at times, but strives to save his marriage to Fiona.
  • DONKEY is his wisecracking sidekick, a talking donkey who's sometimes annoying to him, but assists him on his various quests.
  • PRINCESS FIONA is the young woman of royalty who's cursed with looking like an ogre but has found happiness with Shrek who accepts her for who she is. She's unhappy with her parents' inability to see that.
  • QUEEN LILLIAN plays her mother who's initially upset with how Fiona looks and who she married, but quickly overcomes that.
  • KING HAROLD is her husband who finally does the same, but not before attempting to sabotage the marriage and have Shrek killed.
  • PUSS IN BOOTS is a feline assassin hired to off Shrek, but instead befriends and assists him.
  • PRINCE CHARMING is the dashing young man who was supposed to rescue and marry Fiona, and nevertheless still wants her.
  • THE FAIRY GODMOTHER is his magic-wielding mother who does everything in her power to insure that her son gets the princess.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this animated comedy that's been rated PG. Some non-explicit, sexually related humor and material is present (that will go over most younger kids' heads but may nevertheless seem a bit inappropriate by some parents). The word "ass" is used in a double meaning, while some colorful phrases and other potentially imitative behavior are present

    Some action style violence occurs (with characters being hit, knocked around or briefly put in harm's way) that may be unsettling or suspenseful to very young viewers. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes (most played for comedy), some possibly drink and a cat is busted for possession of catnip (a drug joke).

    Some crude humor is present, as are some brief tense family scenes, while the film pushes the positive message of tolerating and accepting others for the way they are. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Shrek, Princess Fiona and her parents may have wine in front of them with dinner.
  • We see characters drinking in a bar, as well as a keg of "Death Brew" behind the bar.
  • Donkey talks of people in the past getting drunk and beating him with a stick (as a piņata).
  • Puss in Boots (who's having milk) and the newly transformed Shrek and Donkey sit at a bar drinking.
  • During a spoof of the TV arrest show, "Cops," we see knights arresting Puss in Boots and finding catnip on him (he claims it's not his in a drug bust joke).
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Crude humor includes the following.
  • Shrek and Princess Fiona sit in a mud bath and we see and hear fart bubbles come up from around both of them.
  • Puss in Boots coughs up a standard cat hairball.
  • After they find some toad stool softener in the Fairy Godmother's factory, Donkey jokes that he's sure a nice BM (bowel movement) is the answer to their problem.
  • Bird excrement falls on Prince Charming's shoulder.
  • Donkey tells Shrek that a potion will mean "no more itchy butt crack" for him.
  • We hear intestinal sounds after Shrek drinks a potion and then hear a loud fart (the wind from it briefly blows his shirt away from his body).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Everyone in Far, Far Away Land reacts in horror at the sight of Shrek and Princess Fiona.
  • The King has a bad attitude toward Shrek and makes a reference about "his type."
  • We hear that the King and Queen locked away Princess Fiona by herself in a castle tower in the past (in an attempt to break the spell on her).
  • The fact that the King and Queen are disappointed in how Princess Fiona looks and that she married Shrek causes some tense family moments between them.
  • The King hires Puss in Boots to do in Shrek. The feline briefly tries, but then joins forces with the ogre.
  • Prince Charming poses as the newly transformed Shrek in hopes of getting Fiona to kiss him (thus sealing her fate of being with him forever).
  • The Fairy Godmother has a bad attitude for trying to undermine Shrek and Princess Fiona's marriage and getting her son to replace Shrek. She also puts pressure on the King to make sure that happens.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers but all of it's played for laughs and lighthearted action.
  • Shrek barely makes it into a castle as the drawbridge door closes.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Swords/Crossbows/Battle Ax: Carried and/or used to threaten or attempt to harm others. See "Violence" for details.
  • Mice use dynamite to blow a grate open and rescue Shrek and the others.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Stop being such a drama king," "Bloody," "You don't have to get all huffy with me," "Fool," "Are you off your nut?" "You still look like an ass to me," "You old love machine" and "It's gluteus to the maximus."
  • Donkey keeps repeating, "Are we there yet?" as he, Shrek and Princess Fiona travel to Far, Far Away Land. To get back at him, Shrek immediately and near simultaneously repeats whatever Donkey says. Told to find something to do, Donkey then makes slow popping sounds with his mouth.
  • About Princess Fiona belches, Shrek jokes that it's better out than in, and there are several unrelated farting moments.
  • Shrek and the King violently tear up their own food as they take out their aggressions toward each other on that.
  • A character lets out a loud belch.
  • While imitating Michael Jackson dancing, Pinocchio briefly grabs his own clothed crotch.
  • Shrek runs and tries to jump into a crowd (as people do at concerts) but ends up landing on Princess Fiona's dog.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of suspenseful and some action-oriented music occurs in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • During a musical number, a reference is made to a sexy man who we see reclined (clothed) on a wagon and he snaps his whip. Moments later, a reference is made to a "sexy tush" and we see the clothed backside of that man.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 ass (a double reference to a donkey and an obnoxious person) and 1 use each of "Oh God" and "Oh my God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Prince Charming finds a male wolf in women's clothing (from "Little Red Riding Hood") in bed reading "Pork Illustrated" that shows a bikini-clad pig on the cover. We later hear that wolf referred to as "gender confused."
  • Shrek and Princess Fiona kiss on the beach, but the surf flows over them and the next thing we see is a mermaid lying on top of the shirtless Shrek, kissing him (Princess Fiona grabs the mermaid and flings her by the tail far out into the sea).
  • Princess Fiona shows a little bit of cleavage.
  • Donkey calls Shrek, "You old love machine."
  • There's a billboard of the Fairy Godmother somewhat sensuously reclined back (but fully clothed).
  • The Fairy Godmother shows a little cleavage in several scenes.
  • During a musical number, a reference is made to a sexy man who we see reclined (clothed) on a wagon and he snaps his whip. Later, a reference is made to a "sexy tush" and we see the clothed backside of that man.
  • We see Shrek in his boxers.
  • We hear the Fairy Godmother mixing a potion that includes a drop of desire, a pinch of passion and a hint of lust.
  • After a potion has changed Shrek from an ogre into a dashing man, a comment is made about his taught, round buttocks. Several young ladies are then attracted to him and they become quite excited when Donkey says that the first thing they need to do is get Shrek out of his old ogre clothes. Donkey, who's now a dashing stallion, states that they're now sexy (due to their potion-induced physical change).
  • When asked if he's Shrek, Puss in Boots suggestively replies, "For you baby, I could be."
  • Needing Pinocchio to lie so that his nose will grow and enable others to rescue Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots, he's told to say that he's wearing ladies underwear. He does, but his nose doesn't grow. When he then lies about wearing them, his nose grows and one of the characters comments on him wearing such thong underwear (that's briefly pulled up).
  • A comment is made about finding Donkey a nice burro as others state they're headed off to the Kit Kat club.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • The fact that the King and Queen are disappointed in how Princess Fiona looks and that she married Shrek causes some tense family moments between them.
  • Shrek and Princess Fiona get into an argument over her parents.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Accepting others for who and what they are.
  • The value of friendships.
  • Donkey says that they should give Puss in Boots the "Bob Barker treatment" and neuter him.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Most of what's listed below is action-adventure based, and is non-graphic and non-explicit in nature.
  • Shrek and Princess Fiona kiss on the beach, but the surf flows over them and the next thing we see is a mermaid lying on top of the shirtless Shrek, kissing him. Princess Fiona then grabs the mermaid and flings her by the tail far out into the sea.
  • A snare grabs Shrek's foot and lifts him into the air, but Princess Fiona kicks the many guys who come to get him.
  • Men chase after Shrek and Princess Fiona with pitchforks that they throw at them.
  • Shrek accidentally drops Princess Fiona to the floor during a mid-dip kiss (when Donkey interrupts them).
  • A messenger whacks a trumpeter with a piece of paper.
  • A pigeon smacks into a wall and crashes to the pavement below (played for laughs).
  • Shrek and the King violently tear up their own food as they take out their aggressions toward each other on that.
  • One of the Fairy Godmother's big thugs shoves the King out from her carriage.
  • Puss in Boots races at and jumps on Shrek, digging at him with his claws (no blood). Donkey tries to kick the cat, but instead gets Shrek in the crotch, doubling him over in pain (and he makes a verbal reference to being hit in the testicles).
  • Needing a tear drop to summon the Fairy Godmother's advertisement, Puss in Boots stomps down onto Donkey's foot.
  • Several guards fire arrows from their crossbows at Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots and some of the guards end up being knocked aside.
  • While on horseback, Shrek knocks several guards aside.
  • Sleepy Beauty falls from her carriage to the red carpet below (due to being asleep).
  • During a spoof of the TV arrest show, "Cops," we see knights struggling with Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots. They grind dinner pepper into Shrek's face and slam Puss in Boots against a wall (like rough police would do).
  • A blind mouse falls through a grate to the floor below (we don't see the impact).
  • Mice use dynamite to blow a grate open and rescue Shrek and the others.
  • A flaming "boulder" is fired by knights at a huge gingerbread man, briefly setting part of him on fire. He then kicks that flaming boulder back at the knights, resulting in some damage.
  • Shrek knocks down some knights.
  • Puss in Boots gets into a brief swordfight with some knights.
  • Princess Fiona hits Prince Charming, knocking him out.
  • The Fairy Godmother tries to zap Shrek with a blast from her wand, but the King jumps in the way. The energy charge is then reflected back and hits her, turning her into a bunch of bubbles.
  • Shrek runs and tries to jump into a crowd (as people do at concerts) but ends up landing on Princess Fiona's dog.



  • Reviewed May 13, 2004 / Posted May 19, 2004

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