Shrek 2

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +4

Content: -1/2

In the land of Far Far Away, Shrek (voice by Mike Myers,) Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) journey together to meet Fionas parents. Shrek, being an ogre, wonders whether his new in-laws will accept him into the family. After a long trip through enchanted forests and white mountains, the three friends arrive in the kingdom of Fionas father, King Herald (John Cleese). All of the subjects have assembled, but the royal dinner reception turns to chaos as Shrek and his father-in-law clash over Fionas future. A fairy godmother (Jennifer Saunders) takes advantage of the situation by convincing the king to hire an assassin cat (Antonio Banderas) to take care of Shrek. She hopes that if Shrek is gone, her own son, Prince Charming (Robert Everett), will marry Princess Fiona and inherit the kingdom.

Shrek 2 has cutting-edge computer animation even better than the first film along with some commendable scenarios: Shrek abandons his swamp for Fionas happiness, Donkey sticks by Shrek through danger, and Fiona loves Shrek regardless of his appearance. The overall theme of the film is self acceptance. As in the first Shrek film, this one unfortunately contains crude jokes and sexual innuendo: Pinocchio wears racy womens underwear, cartoon women want Shrek to take off his clothes, and the ugly stepsister appears to be a man. And there are two occurrences of profanity. These are disappointing elements for a film that appeals largely to kids, but much of the suggestive humor is likely to go over the heads of the youngest viewers. Shrek displays less than virtuous behavior as he repeatedly insults his best friend, is quick to anger, steals things and walks out of his marriage because he thinks his wife would be happier without him. Shrek 2 is highly entertaining, but parents will want to be cautious with this one.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times mild (tush 1, buttocks 2); moderate (3 plays on the word ass referring to a donkey)

Obscene Language: Few (4) times moderate (crap 1, suck 3)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (MG 1, G 1)

Violence: Many times mild (shoving and struggling, Shrek fights with cat, cat bites Shreks leg, horse dropped from chains, blind mouse falls into a dungeon, blind mouse runs into a wall, bird flies into a wall, gingerbread man has hot milk poured on top of him until his arms melt off, donkey bumps into people, Shrek fights with police, police drag people to jail, fairy godmother threatens people with her wand); moderate (mermaid thrown to hungry sharks, giant gingerbread man apparently drowns in a lake)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once mild (near nudity when gingerbread man pulls down Pinocchios pants to reveal a womans thong)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times mild (women want to see man undressed, women grab man in physical romantic way, male ogre and female ogre kiss several times, male ogre kisses mermaid)

Drugs: Many times mild (characters drink magic potions, fairy godmother makes a pot of love potion, men make potions at a magic factory)

Other: Fairy godmother cast spells and makes magic charms, a talking cat goes to a bar arm in arm with human women, a donkey and dragon have children together, ogres pass gas in a mud bath, people try to hurt ogres with pitchforks, man turned into a frog, fairy godmother dumps lots of liquid from a bottle labeled lust)

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: All ages

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