Shrek 2



Just as much fairytale fun as the first one.
  • Review Date: November 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Shrek learns to accept himself. But movie also includes some crude potty humor.

Violence & scariness

Comic violence, no one hurt except a giant gingerbread man.

Sexy stuff

Plenty of innuendo, especially when Donkey and Shrek take the potions and become "sexy." Some ogre kissing, and mermaid kissing. Pinocchio can't lie that he's wearing ladies' underwear.


Some mild naughty words: "ass," "oh my God," etc.


Plenty of fake commercialism in the commercial district of Far Far Away: retail shops, a version of Starbucks, and fast food.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Brief drug joke -- but the drug is really catnip.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some crude potty humor and some moments of mild peril and tension. The king hires a hit man to get rid of Shrek -- luckily it's a small cat. Shrek and friends steal potions from the scheming fairy godmother. The only casualties are an enchanted character and a couple of fish.

What's the story?

In the second adventure, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are blissfully married and honeymooning in a gingerbread house, Hansel's Honeymoon Hideaway. When they get back to the swamp, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is waiting to welcome them home, but trouble begins when Shrek finally meets Fiona's parents, King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), who were expecting a human princess married to Prince Charming, not two big green ogres. The queen sees how happy Fiona is and tries to adjust, but the king, pushed by Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) does everything he can to get rid of Shrek, even hiring a hit man, or, more properly a hit cat -- none other than the swashbuckling Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). But the bigger obstacle to the couple's living happily ever after is Shrek himself, who worries that Fiona would be better off married to a handsome prince. So he sets out in search of a magical solution. And before we get to the happily-ever-after ending, there will be encounters with Pinocchio, the three pigs, Sleeping Beauty, and the Gingerbread Man, and a bunch of new characters, including a growly voiced wicked stepsister (Larry King!) and a very vain Prince Charming, who tosses his hair in slow motion (Rupert Everett).

Is it any good?


All you need to know is that SHREK 2 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. The movie 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 continues to be astonishing. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about struggles to get along. Why does the king really disapprove of Shrek? How are he and Shrek the same? Why does Shrek try so hard to change for his new family? Fiona's childhood room has images of handsome princes and princess all over it. Why does this intimidate Shrek? For the girls: do you have tiaras and princess toys in your room? What do you think of Fiona's decision to marry someone like Shrek instead of someone from her childhood dreams? Why do you think she'll be happier with Shrek than with Prince Charming?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 26, 2004
DVD release date:November 5, 2004
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Directors:Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Book characters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content

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Parent Written byall4him_100 December 27, 2009

It is a good family movie for most school age kids and parents.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Adult Written bydeann April 9, 2008

Funny but not for kids.

The big problems in this movie lie with the gay cat (Puss-n-boots) and the transvestite bar tender. Why do these characters need to exist in a movie for children? There are other areas of concern that merit the PG rating. Overall, it was a funny movie for pre-teens - adults. I don't think it was appropriate for younger kids.
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bySunnye June 9, 2010
Even at 6+, I don't want my children to watch a "kid" movie that has inappropriate words and sexual innuendo. Should be kept out of school-aged kid movies or rated PG-13.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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