What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like the previous two Shrek films, this movie includes jokes aimed at adults that will go over the head of most kids. While parents chuckle about Fuzzy Navels and Mojitos (is drinking necessary in a PG film, by the way??), the "Versarchery" logo, and Shrek's hesitance to face fatherhood, their kids will just laugh at the antics of their fairytale friends. There's some cartoon violence (sword-fights, punches), which is often played for laughs. Expect even your youngest kid to want to see this one -- if they watch TV, go with you to the supermarket, or eat at McDonalds, chances are they've seen Shrek in ads for everything from junk food to anti-obesity PSAs (talk about mixed messages!).
- Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- the story or all the product tie-ins. Do kids want a product because Shrek is pictured on it? Parents can also discuss the movie's girl power issues. Why do the princesses respond to their situation by "assuming the position to be rescued"? How do Fiona and the Queen challenge the ladies to take matters into their own hands? In terms of the film franchise, should the Shrek movies continue, or this is a good one to finish it off? Which of the three movies is the best, and why?