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Shrek 2 | 2004 | PG | - 3.3.2

This sequel begins where the first "Shrek" left off: Shrek and Fiona are on their honeymoon, and when they return to their swamp home they receive an invitation to visit the kingdom of Fiona's family in order to celebrate their marriage. Shrek is leery, anticipating disapproval because he's an ogre, but Fiona convinces him to go, and they run into many obstacles when Fiona's Fairy Godmother is revealed to be a double-crossing schemer with her own son's best interests in mind. With the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Julie Andrews, Rupert Everett and Jennifer Saunders. Directed by Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon & Kelly Asbury. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Shrek and Fiona kiss while lying on a beach (Fiona jumps on top of Shrek), and a wave washes over them leaving a mermaid in Fiona's place kissing Shrek. Fiona and Shrek kiss in several other scenes. A man and a woman also kiss. Three women swoon over a man and try to kiss him, they rub his shoulders, and they act excited when he goes to "get out of his clothes." Shrek and Fiona sleep in bed together, and Shrek and Fiona take a mud bath together (we see bare shoulders). A man and a woman dance together surrounded by many other couples that are dancing in a ballroom. Shrek carries Fiona across the threshold of their home. A woman's dress falls open at the thigh exposing bare legs. A man's pants fall down and we see his bare legs. We see Shrek in his underwear and we see Shrek's hairy chest a few times. Fiona wears low-cut dresses that reveal some cleavage. A man touches himself and talks about the condition of his body ("taut buttocks," etc.) A song makes reference to a "sexy man/boy chauffeur," a man's "sexy tush," a "roll in the hay," and a horse says "now we are sexy." Pinocchio wears a woman's thong (he is teased about wearing women's underwear). A woman looks very masculine and has Larry King's voice.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Trees topple and a billboard is knocked down as a giant cookie walks knocking everything in his path down; flaming balls are shot at a the cookie, setting one of his gumdrop buttons on fire, milk is poured over the cookie, his arms break off, he begins to melt and falls back into a moat and we see him sinking. A cat with a sword attacks Shrek, lunges at him piercing his leg with his claws (Shrek screams), the cat climbs all around him continuing to drive his claws into him; Donkey tries to help but kicks Shrek in the crotch instead. A cat fights many guards with swords. Guards hold a man and a horse on the ground, one guard pulls out a bag of drugs, one sprinkles pepper in the man's face then we see the man, the horse and a cat hanging from chains attached to a wall in a cell. Guards shoot arrows at three characters as they run, they jump, a vat of liquid is poured on them, a man threatens one with a sword and a bird defecates on the man's shoulder. Fiona grabs a mermaid by the tail and tosses her into the sea where we see her attacked by sharks in the distance. Fiona beats up several men with punches and kicks. Also a woman head-butts a man. A man is hit by a stray fairy bolt, the bolt ricochets and hits the fairy too, and she disappears. Shrek, Donkey and Fiona collapse after drinking a potion. A cat is threatened with neutering, and a woman threatens a man. Shrek and a man argue while preparing food at a table (they slam meat onto platters, hack at the meat with cleavers, etc.). A pig jumps and hangs onto a flying fairy's foot causing her to fall to the ground. A man goes into a darkened room and talks to someone in the shadows about doing away with someone. Two men toss a man out of a carriage and he tumbles on the ground. A cat stomps on Donkey's hoof. Shrek is hit on the head with a book. People argue in a few scenes, and a man and a woman yell at another man. We hear the story of a curse placed on an infant, to become an ogre at sunset every day. A knight slides across a cable and lands in a dragon's lair looking for a princess to save. A cat falls from a high shelf. Shrek hangs upside down from a tree with a rope around his ankle. Shrek drops Fiona on the floor (we hear a thud). Shrek growls at a puppy and the puppy cries and whimpers. A cyclops is the bouncer at a bar, a headless knight sits at a bar, and a hatchet is tossed at a dartboard at the bar. A sleeping woman falls out of a carriage and lands hard on the ground. A bird flies into a wall and crashes onto the ground (we hear two splats). A mouse crashes into a door jamb (he's one of the Three Blind Mice), and a mouse falls down a shaft. Fiona and Shrek both flatulate in a mud bath (we see bubbles). Shrek flatulates, and also sneezes goo onto the ground (we see goo dangling on a rock). A cat has a mouse in its mouth (we see tail wiggling). A cat coughs up a large fur ball after gagging and gasping for a while. Fiona burps, Shrek smiles with food dangling from his teeth (we see strands of goo), and Shrek swallows a spoon then spits it out across a table. A cat licks himself between his legs. Shrek scratches his bottom.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 3 sexual terms ("sexy man/boy chauffeur," "sexy tush," "now we are sexy"), 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation, someone says "we are up chocolate creek..."


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SUBSTANCE USE - Characters are shown drinking (milk) at a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, love, appearances, beauty, marriage, secrets, goodness, fame, royalty, fairy godmothers, trust.

MESSAGE - Appearances are not everything. Beauty is on the inside.

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