Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Chris Miller (Shrek the Third)

Starring:

Voices of Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots; Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws; Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty; Billy Bob Thornton as Jack; Amy Sedaris as Jill; Constance Marie as Imelda

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Puss in Boots

You may only think of Puss in Boots as a bad-cat outlaw, but the orange swashbuckler with a smooth Latin accent is so much more. Others may run in fear from thugs and ruffians. Others may steal from the church and orphanages. But that he will not do. 

It all started long ago when Puss was living at an orphanage. He became fast friends with a young fellow outcast named Humpty, with whom he shares a dream of finding magic beans and scaling a beanstalk to a kingdom in the clouds. But it all comes crumbling down with a shocking act of betrayal: Puss is wrongly accused of being a criminal. Now he must roam the land, a rebel. When he runs into the beautiful Kitty Softpaws, he wonders if things could be different. There is only one problem. She is already friendly with a rotten egg: Humpty Alexander Dumpty!

Puss' actions let us know that, in spite of his reputation, he's actually quite a good guy. He goes to great lengths to right the wrongs inflicted against his town. Puss also has a natural heroic streak—he befriends those who have no friends and saves the elderly from harm. Even Kitty Softpaws admits that Puss has helped her see that there are more important things (and people) than wealth.

Puss in Boots is an action story with several moments of violence and danger, including being knocked unconscious, using swords to slash at enemies and falling from great heights. There is also some toilet humor.

As a prequel to the Shrek movies, Puss in Boots stands on its own and is actually pretty clever and colorful. There are some moments that probably should have been cut out of the final film, but all in all Puss in Boots gives families a fun, intelligent story that dares us all to earn our own pair of boots for our own acts of heroism and efforts to do the right thing.

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