Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Andrew Adamson and William Steig
Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury
Voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, John Cleese, Jennifer Saunders, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett
In the land of Far Far Away, Shrek (voice by Mike Myers), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) journey together to meet Fiona’s parents. Shrek, being an ogre, wonders whether his new in-laws will accept him into the family. After a long trip through enchanted forests and white mountains, the three friends arrive in the kingdom of Fiona’s father, King Herald (John Cleese). All of the subjects have assembled, but the royal dinner reception turns to chaos as Shrek and his father-in-law clash over Fiona’s future. A fairy godmother (Jennifer Saunders) takes advantage of the situation by convincing the king to hire an assassin cat (Antonio Banderas) to take care of Shrek. She hopes that if Shrek is gone, her own son, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), will marry Princess Fiona and inherit the kingdom.
"Shrek 2" looks great, with cutting-edge computer animation, even better than the first one. This film has some great themes, including Shrek abandoning his swamp for Fiona’s happiness, and Fiona's love for Shrek regardless of his appearance. Donkey also remains a loyal friend to Shrek. In addition, we have a new interesting character, Puss in Boots, played by Antonio Banderas.
The film does include some mild, crude language and due to this plus a few fights, we recommend the film for ages twelve and above.
Content Description: Sex: Kissing; a few innuendos such as "sexy tush," and the comment "a roll in the hay" in addition to the mention of a lust potion. Language: A-1; Bloody-2; Butt/Buttocks-2; flatulence reference; an allusion to male genitalia. Violence: Fist fight; attacks; flying arrows; cat scratches a character; two plots to kill characters. Drugs: A brief drinking scene. Nudity: Cleavage; butt crack seen. Other: Flatulence; a character chokes but survives; a cat coughs up a hair ball; the use of a magic potion; head butting of a character.