Story

When Princess Fiona’s father The Frog King (voice of John Cleese) dies, Shrek (Mike Myers) learns that he and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are next in line for the throne. Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) set off on a journey to find the other possible heir, an unpopular  medieval high school student named Artie (Justin Timberlake). Shrek hopes that Artie will agree to run the kingdom so that he and Fiona can return to the swamp to raise their children.

Meanwhile Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) unites the thwarted fairytale villains and organises a coup to seize the throne for himself. Fiona leads her princess girlfriends in a desperate bid to stop him. In the end it is up to the most unlikely hero to save Shrek and Fiona, the Kingdom, and ultimately the future of Far Far Away.

Themes

Bullying

Violence

  • During a knighting ceremony, Shrek accidentally slices through the man’s shoulder.
  • At a ship launching, Shrek throws a bottle against the side and creates a gaping hole that sinks the ship and causes the masts to explode in flame.
  • Shrek causes chaos when his belt buckle blasts off his body. His clothes come undone with bits and pieces flying in all directions, knocking people over and causing a chain reaction. Fiona falls to the ground, the banquet is ruined, and Donkey is thrown into the air and pinned to the wall by flaming shrimp skewers.
  • Fairytale villains fight in a bar.
  • In a dream sequence, one of Shrek’s babies is almost killed by flying knives.
  • When the villains reach Far Far Away, they pillage the city streets, terrorising the citizens.
  • Snow White is slapped across the face.
  • Snow White organises an army of forest animals to attack two enchanted trees guarding the castle.
  • When Shrek and Arthur fight over a ship’s wheel, the ship crashes against rocks.
  • When one of Merlin’s spells goes slightly awry, Shrek, Donkey, Puss in Boots and Artie crash through some trees as they fall down from the sky.
  • Prince Charming holds a knife to Artie’s throat and is about to kill him before Shrek intervenes.
  • Fiona’s mother uses her forehead to smash through stone walls.
  • The princesses rip their gowns as they prepare to fight.
  • A guard grabs a woman’s popcorn and shoves her to the ground.
  • The fairytale villains prepare to attack Shrek and his would-be-rescuers.
  • Prince Charming tries to kill Artie and then stabs Shrek.
  • Prince Charming is crushed by a falling tower.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

  • When Prince Charming enters a pub, he is threatened by an evil group of fairytale villains. Some of these characters could frighten very young viewers.
  • Prince Charming tries to kill Shrek and stabs him in the chest with a sword. Shrek falls forward and for a few tense moments he appears to be dying. Prince Charming aimed poorly, however, missing Shrek and causing him no real harm. Some children could be very worried by the initial tense moments.

From 5-8

Some children might be concerned when Artie describes how his father dumped him at school and never returned. Shrek tries to make him feel better by sharing how his own father tried to eat him.

Over 8

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed or frightened by scenes in this movie.

Sexual references

  • Puss In Boots tries to explain to Shrek how babies are made, describing the urges that men feel. Puss tries to continue the conversation with Donkey.
  • One of the ugly stepsisters is a transvestite, who remarks on Prince Charming,  ‘He makes me hotter than July’.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

  • Prince Charming and several fairytale characters are drinking in a pub. Puss suggests that he and Shrek drink mojitos.
  • One of the Seven Dwarfs gets drunk and staggers about the street.
  • Students at Artie’s high school tumble out of a smoke-filled carriage and give the impression that they are high.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • Shrek and Fiona kiss in bed and Donkey pulls off the covers. We only see Shrek’s bare legs and toes, but it is implied that he is naked.
  • Shrek appears naked on stage with his babies as audience (we only see his back).
  • When Merlin the Magician’s short robe keeps blowing up someone remarks how ‘his robe doesn’t quite cover his ...’.

Product placement

The Shrek image is currently being used to promote a wide range of products from the usual plush and stationery items, to lots of different foods, most of which are unhealthy. Parents are advised that DreamWorks has teamed up with a range of companies to promote Shrek. The ogre can be found on everything from Happy Meals to flavoured yoghurt.

Specific product placements within the movie include Ye Olde Hooters and a play on the Versace logo, with a shop called Versachery.

Coarse language

Although this movie contains no coarse language, it does include some name-calling.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Shrek the Third is an animated sequel that continues where Shrek 2 left off. But it offers nothing truly new. Boasting an all-star cast, the movie will appeal to a wide range of ages. Although most of the humour will keeps adult entertained, some of it will go over children’s heads. On the other hand, Shrek’s antics and some slapstick comedy will appeal to younger viewers.

The main message from this movie is that it doesn’t matter how other people see you. The most important thing is how you see yourself. You might like to talk with your child about some of the values depicted in this movie, such as determination, courage, believing in yourself and ingenuity. You could also talk about what happens in real life when people are bullied or are bullies, and what would happen if we chose the easy route rather than fighting for what we believe in and forging ahead on our own.

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