Shrek the Third

  • Review Date: November 11, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007

Common Sense Media says

Cute but not as good as past movies; some cartoon violence.
  • Review Date: November 11, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007





What parents need to know

Positive 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. Fairytale villains choose to be good. Typical high school relationships (popular kids picking on those who don't fit in, etc.) are played for laughs.

Violence & scariness

The villains and heroes of fairytale lore engage in face-to-face battle with sticks, swords, fists, and more. Most of the violence is quick and leads to laughs, so kids aren't likely to be scared.

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."


Basic PG words and insults: "butt," "dork," "loser," "poop," "stupid," "twit," "royally beeped."


Same as before; real labels are parodied for humor. Versace logo is shown as "Versarchery," men flock to "Ye Olde Hooters," etc. Shrek is also 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.

Drinking, drugs, & 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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the previous two Shrek films, this movie includes jokes aimed at adults that will go over the head of most kids. While parents chuckle about Fuzzy Navels and Mojitos (is drinking necessary in a PG film, by the way??), the "Versarchery" logo, and Shrek's hesitance to face fatherhood, their kids will just laugh at the antics of their fairytale friends. There's some cartoon violence (sword-fights, punches), which is often played for laughs. Expect even your youngest kid to want to see this one -- if they watch TV, go with you to the supermarket, or eat at McDonalds, chances are they've seen Shrek in ads for everything from junk food to anti-obesity PSAs (talk about mixed messages!).

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Kids say

What's the story?

Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz return as happily married ogres Shrek and Fiona in SHREK THE THIRD. This time, the couple inherits the kingdom of Far Far Away from ailing King Harold (John Cleese). Shrek doesn't think he's fit to wear a crown, so he and dependably side-splitting sidekicks Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) set out to find the only other living heir to the throne, Arthur Pendragon (Justin Timberlake) -- but not before Fiona announces she's royally pregnant. While Shrek faces his fear of fatherhood and tries to get insecure teenager Artie to take the throne, wicked Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) and his motley crew of fairytale villains instigate a coup and imprison Fiona, Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), and beloved princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White (voiced by comedians Amy Sedaris, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler). In a particularly hilarious scene, Fiona and the queen spur the princesses—who are hoping a valiant prince will save them--into action. When the baby ogres finally arrive, it's clear that the producers are clearing the way for a possible fourth film.

Is it any good?


It's not an animated masterpiece like the enchanting first two classics, but Shrek the Third is still one of those rare films that everyone from preschoolers to grandparents will find irresistibly amusing.

The princess-in-peril subplot proves to be the most entertaining, and one of the movie's most memorable moments is Snow White summoning her woodland animal friends with a sweet high-pitched song, only to start belting out Fergie's cover of Barracuda as she storms the castle. Parents will also get a kick out of the other hits on the soundtrack. Wings' Live and Let Die accompanies a key scene, and Donkey sings Harry Chapin's Cats in the Cradle after hearing Shrek's daddy issues. But the slightly watered down third installment really isn't an improvement on its predecessors, so perhaps it's time to let Fiona and Shrek enjoy their happily ever after once and for all.

Families can talk about...

  • 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? Parents can also discuss the movie's girl power issues. 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? In terms of the film franchise, should the Shrek movies continue, or this is a good one to finish it off? Which of the three movies is the best, and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 17, 2007
DVD release date:November 13, 2007
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Director:Chris Miller
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian_girl March 12, 2010

Another Step Down

Ah, Shrek, a great family classic of our time. Of course, it's filled with burps and the like while no one says excuse me, but then my tomboy half steps into play and I laugh. (I know, I need help) Shrek 2, being not as good as the first but still good. Then came another step down the ladder. Well, more of a slip and fall. It's called Shrek the Third. I sat down in the theater with my parents. We grabbed us some popcorn and a drink (is that stuff expensive or what?) and sat down, ready for what was, hopefully, another great family movie. I was not impressed. My family bought this on DVD soon after the release but I've only seen it 3 or 4 times. This was one of those movies where I had the same expression throughout: a combination of laughter, from typical Dreamworks humor; disappointment, from this movie not being nearly as good as the first two; and a touch of horror at some of the jokes they put in there. Like I said, I haven't seen this in a couple of years, so I can only remember a few things I kinda disapproved of, although I'm sure there were more. First off, one of Fiona's friends, also one of Cinderella's stepsisters, fits the name she's usually given. I use the term "she" lightly. For all those who are wondering, yes, it is a girl. Its name is Doris. I forgot its name until I read it in the Commonsense review, but there is no way I'd forget that face. She looks like a guy with lipstick. She scares me. But the first thing I really disapprove of is in the middle of the movie, when a women are shown burning a bra. Excuse me, that's disgusting! The worst thing I can remember is when Shrek is lying in bed and Donkey bursts in the room. He starts shouting for Shrek to "rise and shine!" Then he pulls off the covers and Shrek is wearing... well, I'm not going there. We don't see anything, but I still don't like it. Cross your fingers, Shrek 4 is coming out May of 2010. Oh, boy.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Shrek the Third

Sexual Content (Pause): Shrek and Fiona sleep in the same bed, and it's implied that Shrek is naked. "The talk" is interrupted. A character states that another character makes her "hotter than July".
Violence (Pause): A battle scene features fist-fighting and weapons.
Language (Not an Issue): None.
Social Behavior (On): Characters learn to be tolerant of one another. Strong female characters, though they are helpless and selfish at first.
Commercialism (Not an Issue): Fake commercialism for fast food and other products. Shrek is a huge marketing empire.
Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Pause): Characters drink fuzzy navels. References to mojitos and marijuana.

Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bySunnye June 9, 2010

Even at 6+, I don't want my kiddos to watch a "kid" movie that has inappropriate words. Should be kept out of school-aged movies or rated PG-13 at least.

What other families should know
Too much swearing


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