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Shrek the Third Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

It starts out funny … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    58

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This latest iteration of DreamWorks's money machine has its ups and downs, its longueurs along with its felicities, plus an abiding preoccupation with poop.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Much of the bite and a good deal of the wit of the first two films are missing here. The rude send-up of beloved fairy tale conventions remains -- somewhat -- but these playful jabs no longer come as pleasing surprises. You expect them. And you expect better.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A damped-down return to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, lacking the comic energy of the first brilliant film and not measuring up to the second.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I love the princess squad.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Cute but not as fun as past movies; some cartoon violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the third movie in the Shrek franchise. There are several references to alcohol and drugs that are clearly meant to entertain parents and likely will go over kids' heads but seem unnecessary for a PG movie. Real brands such as Foot Locker, Versace, and Hooters are parodied for humor. Profanity and insults include "butt," "dork," "loser," "poop," "stupid," "twit," and "suck." There's quite a bit of innuendo: Puss starts to explain where children come from (a man is "full of urges" for his wife) but is cut off; Doris says Charming makes her "hotter than July." The villains and heroes of fairy tale lore engage in face-to-face battles with sticks, swords, fists, and more. Some bullying -- one of the main teen characters is shown hanging from a clock in the auditorium of the high school; characters openly discuss "wedgies" and "swirlies." There's also frequent slapstick violence -- pratfalls and clumsiness leading to exaggerated destruction.

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Why do you think the Shrek franchise is so popular?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The princesses are selfish and a bit stereotypical at first but eventually prove to be good role models since they defend themselves rather than waiting to be rescued. Fairy tale villains choose to be good. Typical high school relationships (popular kids picking on those who don't fit in, for example) are played for laughs. The importance of choosing to be yourself no matter what others think of you is shown through discussion and action.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Shrek is a kind-hearted ogre who loves his wife and wants to do what's best for the land of Far Far Away. Although shown early in the film to be a frequent target of bullies, Artie learns to stand up for himself and to understand the responsibilities required to rule a kingdom. The women in the movie act somewhat helpless early on, but they learn to stand up for themselves and to use their skills to escape being held prisoner.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: The villains and heroes of fairy tale lore engage in face-to-face battles with sticks, swords, fists, and more. Some bullying -- one of the main teen characters is shown hanging from a clock in the auditorium of the high school; characters openly discuss "wedgies" and "swirlies." Frequent slapstick violence -- pratfalls and clumsiness leading to exaggerated destruction.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Shrek and Fiona are affectionate and kiss; they're shown sleeping in the same bed (it's implied that Shrek is naked, but you don't see anything). Two other couples hug, and Puss flirts with various female cats. Puss starts to explain where children come from (a man is "full of urges" for his wife) but is cut off; Doris says Charming makes her "hotter than July." Merlin wears an ill-fitting robe; a character says it "doesn't quite cover his..." but is interrupted before the final word is said.

  • language false2

    Language: PG words and insults: "butt," "dork," "loser," "poop," "stupid," "twit." A well-timed Viking horn bleeps out the final word when a character tells another that he is "royally [bleeped]." A sign taped to a character's backside reads "I sucketh."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Real brands are parodied for humor. Versace logo is shown as "Versarchery," men flock to "Ye Olde Hooters," and a box has the label "Ye Olde Foot Locker." Shrek also is the spokes-ogre for a wide variety of real-life products, including candy and fast food -- while simultaneously appearing in anti-obesity ads for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Fuzzy navels are ordered at a bar where characters drink out of steins and glasses. Puss proposes that he and Shrek drink mojitos. Students at Artie's high school tumble out of a smoke-filled carriage talking about frankincense and myrrh in an obvious pot reference.

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