Parents' Guide to

Shrek 2

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Just as much fairy tale fun as the first one.

Movie PG 2004 100 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 8+

Not for 6 year olds!

I trust Common Sense Media and this was the first time a review didn't jive with me or my kids. Shrek 2 is fun...but not for 6 year olds. The fairy godmother's song has the word "sexy" in the lyrics at least twice. There are guns and violence and Pinocchio is wearing a thong! Watch with your kids if you want to explain what a thong is.

This title has:

Too much violence
6 people found this helpful.
age 6+

Better than the original.

Rated PG
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22):
Kids say (91):

All you need to know is Shrek's second adventure is pure enjoyment, with stunningly brilliant technology and hilarious performances. And it has a script that is filled with wit, wisdom, heart, and so-funny-you'll-have-to-see-it-twice comedy, with nonstop humor ranging from subtle and sophisticated satire to unabashedly un-subtle slapstick and potty jokes. Shrek 2 manages to make fun of just about everything, including its fairy tale sources, and yet be so resonant of the true themes of fairy tales that it is genuinely touching.

The technology is astonishing for its time. The surfaces and textures are eye-poppingly vivid, almost more real than real. The movie has breathtakingly beautiful backgrounds, exquisite detail, and characters so magnificently yet subtly expressive you expect to see them interviewed by James Lipton on Bravo. The voice talent is spectacular and perfectly integrated with the expressions and gestures of the animated characters. It's going to be hard to think of the dashing and brilliantly funny Banderas as anything but a cat from now on. There is a lot to look at, but there is even more to feel, with characters so tender and charming that you will cheer for a happily-ever-after-ending -- and cheer even louder at the announcement of Shrek the Third.

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