Parents' Guide to

Shrek Forever After

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fiona's fierce, Shrek's lovable in still-funny 4th movie.

Movie PG 2010 93 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 61 parent reviews

age 6+

The premise is wonky but the jokes are smartly written...for the most part

The film is entertaining however the premise is disheartening. It is never explained why Shrek is so unhappy, but his unhappiness is necessary in order for the plot to move. However, normalizing Shrek's dislike of his family feels disingenuous and antithetical to the larger family-friendly message of the Shrek franchise. But the premise aside the film's jokes are smartly written and the characters are welcomed back...nothing like an alternative universe to offer another opportunity to "first meet" the general it works...except for the fat phobically awkward Puss in Boots.
age 7+

Defiantly a great movie and a way to end Shrek too

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (61):
Kids say (103):

If there'd never been another Shrek movie, perhaps this installment would be worthy of four stars as an entertaining family flick, but in this iconic pop-culture franchise, it's not quite up to par. The jokes, while still funny, are predictable, and some of the best sight gags -- like Gingy fighting Gladiator-style against animal crackers or Rumpelstiltskin's various "mood wigs" -- are fleeting. There are definitely reasons to laugh, and in a couple of spots out loud, but overall the characters we've grown to love don't have as much to do in Shrek Forever After. And let's not even get started on the fact that most young children may not immediately understand the It's a Wonderful Life-style time paradox. Be prepared to answer all sorts of questions about why the babies don't exist, why the young king crowned in Shrek the Third isn't present, and why Puss in Boots is so fat and lazy -- all during the movie.

On the upside, the ogre rebellion features the voices of Jon Hamm, Craig Robinson, and Jane Lynch, all of whom welcome Shrek into their green brotherhood. As the ogres' resistance leader, Fiona is fierce and fiery. The villainous Rumpelstiltskin and his surrounding witches, however, are not as hilariously evil as the previous antagonists. To make matters worse, there aren't as many noteworthy musical numbers, although the sequence where Shrek revels in being hated and feared again is perfectly accompanied by The Carpenters' classic song On Top of the World. Ultimately, it's not as revolutionary as the first two, or even as memorable as the third, but the fourth -- and probably final -- Shrek is still worth seeing, if only to revisit some of the best animated characters ever to appear on screen.

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