Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Dreamworks Animation, Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Mike Mitchell


Starring:

Voices of Mike Myers as Shrek; Eddie Murphy as Donkey; Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona; Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boot; Julie Andrews as Queen; and many others

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Shrek Forever After

"And they lived happily ever after." That's the ending all fairy tale characters long for. For Shrek, however, there's just one problem: Happily ever after isn't working out like he thought. Oh, sure, life is good, but he really misses being the mean village ogre. What he'd give for just one day of angry villagers chasing him with pitchforks and torches.

All Shrek has to do, according to Rumpelstiltskin, is sign a magical contract and he'll have 24 hours to rediscover what it means to live life like an ogre should. But the sly Rumpelstiltskin doesn’t mention that he will go back in time and change the world to one that he rules. Only by winning the love of Fiona all over again will Shrek get his old life back.

Shrek realizes that he has to rely on his friends and not just his own strength to solve problems. He makes a decision to offer his own life to Rumpelstiltskin in exchange for all the ogres he has captured. Unfortunately, like the other Shrek movies, there is plenty of potty humor, inappropriate jokes and grown-up dilemmas. There is also a lot of violence, including explosions, slapping and whipping.

There comes a stressful moment at which Shrek has to make a decision about how he's going to react to his wife, his children and his friends. At first he makes the wrong choice, but then he makes the right one. And by doing so he inspires us to watch out for our own negative reactions. Overall, this story's creativity and positive message about families is certainly better than in the last movie, but the amount of gross humor is still a concern.

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