Shrek the Third

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Cute but not as fun as past movies; some cartoon violence.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 93 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 105 reviews

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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. Fairy tale villains choose to be good. Typical high school relationships (popular kids picking on those who don't fit in, for example) are played for laughs. The importance of integrity and choosing to be yourself no matter what others think of you is shown through discussion and action.

Positive role models & representations

Shrek is a kind-hearted ogre who loves his wife and wants to do what's best for the land of Far Far Away. Although shown early in the film to be a frequent target of bullies, Artie learns to stand up for himself and to understand the responsibilities required to rule a kingdom. The women in the movie act somewhat helpless early on, but they learn to stand up for themselves and to use their skills to escape being held prisoner.

Violence & scariness

The villains and heroes of fairy tale lore engage in face-to-face battles with sticks, swords, fists, and more. Some bullying -- one of the main teen characters is shown hanging from a clock in the auditorium of the high school; characters openly discuss "wedgies" and "swirlies." Frequent slapstick violence -- pratfalls and clumsiness leading to exaggerated destruction.

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." Merlin wears an ill-fitting robe; a character says it "doesn't quite cover his..." but is interrupted before the final word is said.

Language

PG words and insults: "butt," "dork," "loser," "poop," "stupid," "twit." A well-timed Viking horn bleeps out the final word when a character tells another that he is "royally [bleeped]." A sign taped to a character's backside reads "I sucketh."

Consumerism

Real brands are parodied for humor. Versace logo is shown as "Versarchery," men flock to "Ye Olde Hooters," and a box has the label "Ye Olde Foot Locker."  Shrek also is 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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shrek the Third is the third movie in the Shrek franchise. There are several references to alcohol and drugs that are clearly meant to entertain parents and likely will go over kids' head. Real brands such as Foot Locker, Versace, and Hooters are parodied for humor. Profanity and insults include "butt," "dork," "loser," "poop," "stupid," "twit," and "suck." There's quite a bit of innuendo: 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." The villains and heroes of fairy tale lore engage in face-to-face battles with sticks, swords, fists, and more. Some bullying -- one of the main teen characters is shown hanging from a clock in the auditorium of the high school; characters openly discuss "wedgies" and "swirlies." There's also frequent slapstick violence -- pratfalls and clumsiness leading to exaggerated destruction.

User Reviews

Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

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 state... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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 in... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2011

Language is Crap!!!!!

One thing I hate the most in this movie is the language. They say lots of bad words like "Butt", "Poop", "Stupid", "A--"... Continue reading

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 fairy tale 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 the fourth film.

Is it any good?

It's not an animated masterpiece like the enchanting first two classics, but it's 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 also will 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 "Cat's in the Cradle" after hearing Shrek's daddy issues. But the slightly watered-down third installment really isn't an improvement on its predecessors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see Shrek the Third: the story or all the product tie-ins. Do kids want a product because Shrek is pictured on it? 

  • 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?

  • Why do you think the Shrek franchise is so popular?

  • How do the characters in Shrek the Third demonstrate integrity? Why is this an important character strength?

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