Shrek Forever After
Plot Summary: Tired of the drudgery of family life, Shrek signs one day over to the slippery Rumpelstiltskin and finds that he signed his life out of existence.
Reason for the Rating: Mild action, some rude humor and brief language.
Shrek used to have ample excuse to be grumpy and mean and selfish—hey, he’s an ogre. But now he’s settled down with a wifey, three children, and an entire kingdom that treats him more like an amusement park attraction than a big, scary monster. Instead of doing what he wants to every day—like take mud baths—he is faced with changing diapers and daily burpings.
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) just wishes he could have one day to himself, in which he could stomp around and scare kids. Something Rumpelstiltskin, a short guy with a grudge, is happy to oblige him with, by trading him one day from his past. But Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) fails to mention that the day he trades is the day Shrek was born. Shrek finds himself in an alternate universe where none of his friends, know him, Fiona isn’t interested, and his kids don’t exist.
Shrek wins Donkey and Puss—who in this alternative universe is an obese pink-ribboned pet—to his side and must fight to win back Fiona and undo the world he has created.
Shrek Forever After is much like other poignant movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life or Family Man, in which the main character recognizes that family is the most important thing in life…but with more burping. Following the basic “you don’t know what you have until you lose it” plot line, there aren’t many surprises here. It’s a predictable movie. But, after all, it’s still a good theme to be reminded of.
But the movie itself isn’t going to knock your socks off. It’s funny in parts (who can’t resist an obese cat, after all) and is your basic lighthearted entertainment. Rumpelstiltskin himself is a bright spot in the movie—with his megalomaniac world dominance and changing hair for changing moods. But on the whole, the movie isn’t infectious and novel like the first iteration. It’s more like the straight-to-video sequel you might expect.
If you've got nothing better to do with your kids, this is a fine way to pass a few hours. Just not a great way.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• If you could have one day to do anything you want, what would you do?
• Do you ever wish your life was different? How?
• What do you think are the most important things in life?
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