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Shrek Forever After | 2010 | PG | - 3.3.2

The fourth movie of the animated series finds Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with three children and comfortable in the daily routines of married life, but Shrek gets a hankering for the way things used to be, when everybody was afraid of him and he could do whatever he wanted to. When he makes a deal with the conniving Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) without reading the fine print, he finds himself in an alternate universe where no one knows who he is, not even Fiona. Desperate to get back to his real life, he must find a way break this spell. Also with the voices of Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Jon Hamm, Kristen Schaal, Julie Andrews and John Cleese. Directed by Mike Mitchell. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - An ogre husband and his ogre wife kiss and hug in several scenes. A donkey husband and his dragon wife kiss. A male and a female ogre kiss.
 An ogre husband and his ogre wife sleep in bed together in several scenes (the husband is shown bare-chested and the wife wears a nightgown that reveals a bit of cleavage).
 A male and a female ogre stare deeply into each other's eyes, linger close to each other and nearly kiss. A donkey thinks an ogre wants to kiss him and he pulls away. A male ogre tries to kiss a female ogre in a few scenes and she pushes him away.
 A male ogre tries to seduce a female ogre in several scenes. A male ogre tells a female ogre about needing to kiss her and that he knows her, but she does not recognize him and rebuffs him.
 A female ogre wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A male ogre is shown bare-chested and wearing boxer shorts in a couple of scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Many witches on brooms swarm around an ogre, the ogre grabs one broom, pulling the witch off, and she crashes into a tree. Witches circle over an ogre camp and attack, and a man threatens the witches with water. A man throws water on a witch and she sizzles and disintegrates (we see her hat and a puff of smoke).
 Many ogres attack many witches: fireballs explode around them (we see some thrown but no injuries are visible), and a large metallic ball falls on top of a dragon and pins it to the ground. A woman sings loudly and a large bird explodes (we see feathers floating in the air).
 A dragon that is attacked by an ogre with a knife is stabbed, and it spits out fire and swings its tail violently; ogres swing from chains above the dragon's head and wrap the dragon up with the chains. A ginger bread cookie fights with animal crackers, hacking several in half or running them through using a knife.
 An ogre is grabbed by long chains that have metallic skeleton heads on the end; the "mouths" bite onto the ogre's arms and legs and he is carried away by several witches flying on broomsticks.
 An ogre, who is restrained, breaks free and throws several people around a large room: he swings from a large ball attached to the ceiling, he grabs a donkey and they sail out of the building. A dragon eats a donkey, and then spits him out (the donkey is OK). A donkey pulling a carriage is whipped by the two women riding in it. A dragon blows fire at two ogres (they are not harmed).
 A female ogre kicks a male ogre hard and knocks him to the ground. A male and a female ogre fight with punches, kicks and weapons (neither is noticeably injured). A female ogre holds a knife to a male ogre's throat.
 Many ogres ambush a carriage surrounded by many witches on broomsticks. We see many ogres practicing for battle with axes and swords and catapults.
 Horses pulling a carriage with a man and a woman inside charge through dark woods, and then walk slowly through an area that resembles a camp ground with intimidating looking people standing around (one plays the banjo strain from "Deliverance").
 An ogre begins to glow, and then disappears in a burst of light and particles. Characters and scenes begin to swirl and spin around in the air and some disintegrate and burst into flames.
 A donkey is pulled into a hole and through a tunnel and an ogre follows him. Several people throw pitchforks at an ogre (he dodges them and is unharmed). An ogre walks through a village and scares people -- we see the people run and hear them scream. An ogre roars and many people standing around go silent.
 An ogre is thrown into the air, he swings around, and lands hard on the ground (he is unharmed). A wooden doll kicks a man out of a store and calls him names (we se the man fall to the ground but appears unscathed). A donkey nearly falls through a hole in a rickety bridge. An ogre breaks through a thick wall of heavy tree roots and finds mice inside the opening. A man trapped under a carriage calls for help; the carriage is lifted off and he appears unharmed. An ogre tackles a donkey (he is OK).
 We see several "wanted" posters with the faces of ogres painted on them and they are held to trees with axes and knives. A goose hisses aggressively at a man and a woman. A cat hisses at a donkey. A large goose snaps at a pig's buttocks.
 A family of ogres and a donkey ride on the back of a flying dragon while small dragons swoop around them and spurt fire at one another. An ogre practices making scary faces in a mirror and tries to roar.
 A man who is angry tears out pages from a book and mutters wildly. A husband and his wife argue. A man says of an ogre, "I wish he was never born." Pigs yell at each other. An ogre talks about "ogre stink" when changing his child's soiled diaper. A cat drinks from a bowl of milk while a mouse sits on the other side of the bowl and the cat says, "I'll get that later," referring to eating the mouse. A character says to another character, "You can't eat Gingie," referring to an animated ginger bread boy. When an ogre sees an overweight cat, he says, "You're so…" but does not complete the sentence.
 Ogres eat eyeballs, bugs and beetles at a celebration. An ogre drinks a martini with an eyeball on a toothpick in it. A man picks through a garbage dumpster and licks something that he pulls out (we can't tell what it is). A man takes a "roasted rat" out of an oven and frantically carves the meat. An ogre holds a box of slugs as if they are candies. A donkey places two eyeballs in his nostrils.
 An ogre reacts to the smell when he unfastens his child's soiled diaper. When changing his child's diaper an ogre is sprayed in the face with liquid (we think it is urine until we see the child squeezing a fish; the fish is unharmed). Toddler ogres flatulate and burp several times. An ogre tells a donkey to smell a handkerchief (he does not). An ogre jumps into a large mud hole. An ogre sits in a large mud hole as if he is bathing. A man's toes tear through his shoes, curl over the sole of the shoe and scratch the floor when he becomes anxious.
 A gingerbread cookie uses a staff to pound on the foot of an ogre, with no effect. A wooden doll's nose grows and pokes a man in the eye.
 An ogre slams his fist into a cake splattering icing around. People throw fruit at an ogre riding in a carriage.
 A man playing a flute puts characters in a trance that forces them to dance uncontrollably. Several witches are shown dancing (they are being controlled by the Pied Piper and cannot stop).


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 anatomical term, name-calling (demons, stinky pants, butter pants, ugly, nasty, disgusting, insane, player, cracker, curly toed weirdo).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink and smoke in a party setting, an ogre drinks a martini with an eyeball on a toothpick, a man prepares "eyeball-tinis" and pours them for himself and an ogre and they drink several, several people are shown drinking in a pub scene, and ogres drink from mugs at a celebration.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - True love, curses, ogres, fairy tales, fear, true happiness, deceit, friends, family, regret, contracts, freedom, tyranny, bravery, alternate universes.

MESSAGE - Family and loved ones are what give us purpose and meaning to our lives.

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