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Shrek Forever After Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Having run its course in the third installment, the franchise jogs and lurches but mostly meanders through a story that tests the limits of true love (Shrek's, and ours).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Reveals a definite been-there, done-that feeling.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Donkey continues to be lovable, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) has one of the funnier character arcs.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it's a "Hot Swamp Time Machine."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Fiona's fierce, Shrek's lovable in still-funny 4th movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that like all Shrek movies, this "final chapter" includes some cartoonish violence, mild innuendo most children won't pick up on, and a scene in which Shrek gets tipsy on shaken "Eyeball-tinis." The mild peril is mostly medieval fighting between the ogres and Rumpelstiltskin's cabal of witches. Shrek and Fiona, as well as Donkey and his dragon wife, are all affectionate and flirt and kiss and declare their eternal love to each other. The gross-out humor is limited to some disgusting items the ogres eat and a few jokes about Donkey and the ogres, but otherwise, this is an animated movie for general audiences. Be warned, though, Shrek has a lot of merchandising tie-ins, so the consumerism is difficult to escape. Also, since it's offered in 3-D, a few scenes are more intense than they'd be otherwise.

  • Families can talk about the message of this installment of the story -- is the grass always greener on the other side, or is it best to love your life and not that life you could have lived?
  • Shrek merchandise can be found everywhere. Does it cheapen a movie to have so many toys and food items attached to it, or is it simply a sign of how popular the movie is? If you like Shrek, does seeing him on products make you want to buy them more? How can you avoid getting sucked into the commercialism?
  • Is time-warp Fiona different than ogre-mama Fiona? Has Fiona always displayed bravery and leadership skills? What kinds of stereotypes about men and women does the movie challenge or reinforce?
  • How does this movie compare with the previous three? Is it best for Fiona and Shrek to retire in Far, Far Away, or are there even more stories to tell?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids learn the importance of banding together to fight injustice, just as the ogres do.

  • message true3

    Messages: The messages include being thankful for what you have (including family and friends), even when it's difficult. Also, stand up for freedom and the rights of the disenfranchised. And don't make important decisions when stressed out (or after drinking!). Some fat jokes at the expense of Puss.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Fiona is a great example of a take-charge fighter of injustice. She believes in defying the tyrannical rule of Rumpelstiltskin, inspires her fellow ogres to overthrow their evil dictator.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish violence includes Gingy fighting animal crackers gladiator-style; the ogres taking up arms to fight the witches who are around Rumpelstiltskin.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Fiona and Shrek kiss, flirt, and proclaim their true love for each other. Donkey and his Dragon-wife also make kissy faces at each other. Rumpelstiltskin surrounds himself with a cabal of witches, many of whom seem to adore him.

  • language false2

    Language: Some mild insults like "stupid" and "fat," as well as "ass" used appropriately to describe Donkey.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: As in past installments, real brands are referenced and changed for use in Far Far Away. The real issue with consumerism, however, is all the merchandise tie-ins that target kids: McDonalds, Gogurt, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Shrek has five or six "Eyeball-tinis" in martini glasses mixed by Rumpelstiltskin, who also offers him "Mudslides."