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Shrek the Third | 2007 | PG | - 3.4.2

In the third installment Shrek and Fiona are forced to take on royal duties after the Frog King has fallen ill. But they create one mess after another, and they long for their swamp. So, when the King dies Shrek goes off to find another heir to the throne, lest he has to take over the throne. Meanwhile, Charming is preparing to attack the kingdom and crown himself king. With the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake and Rupert Everett. Directed by Chris Miller & Raman Hui. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A husband and wife kiss in a few scenes. A husband and wife wake up in bed together, and he is bare-chested. A donkey blows a kiss to a dragon, which catches it and giggles.
 An ogre stands nude in front of a commencement ceremony (in a nightmare) and the audience points and laughs (we see his bare back and chest). An ogre is shown bare-chested and wearing boxer shorts. A woman lifts her skirt and shows her bare thigh to a guard, trying to distract him.
 A cat starts to explain, "How babies happen" and begins by saying, "when two people have special feelings for each other, there is a powerful urge..." A high school aged girl asks an older ogre out on a date for her friend. A woman with a man's voice and facial stubble talks about a man making her "hotter than July." A store sign is changed to read "Hooters" and men charge inside cheering. A high school aged boy fantasizes about the many princesses he will have to choose from as a king. A young woman talks about wearing an "iron maiden." A cat makes a suggestive remark about enjoying taking "cat baths." A donkey pulls the bed sheets off an ogre, reacts to what he sees and says, "you've gotta get some PJs."
 A woman burns her bra.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A frog king coughs and gasps several times before dying dramatically, and during one gasping episode a fly flies out of its mouth and lands on its open eyeball.
 A man is shot in the shoulder with an arrow (we see the arrow sticking out of his shoulder). A character is stabbed with a sword, and he falls to his knees (he stands up and shows us that the sword did not actually pierce him). An ogre performs a knighting ceremony and apparently strikes the intended knight with a sword (we hear the man groan and we hear a squish).
 Many men with weapons, as well as sentient trees attack four characters: they fight with kicks and punches, and three of the characters are caught in a net, while a cannon is pointed at them; one of the characters turns the cannon toward the attackers and when it goes off it blows up a piano and the attackers run away. Two large groups face off and begin to fight.
 A man is surrounded by many fairy tale characters (Cyclopes, witches, pirates, etc.) and he is shoved onto a bar and one character with a hook for a hand threatens him. A man holds a dagger to the throat of a high school aged boy. A man holds a sword over an ogre. A man threatens a woman and an ogre.
 Several women attack knights with kicks and punches. A bar fight breaks out and many fairy tale characters punch and kick each other and throw glasses against a wall. A woman punches another woman in the face. A woman slaps another woman in the face when she begins to panic.
 A tower-shaped stage prop tower falls onto a man (we do not see what happens to the man but he disappears under the tower).
 Many witches flying on brooms drop sentient trees, and the trees begin attacking people who run screaming. Many birds and small creatures attack and bite the sentient trees.
 A man with a sword slashes another man in an ogre costume, and he falls back and onto the ground; another man in a costume is struck in the same way, and also falls to the ground and remains motionless.
 Many witches fly on brooms, and a man riding on one of the brooms catches a fly in his mouth and gags. Many fairy tale characters pillage a town, destroying property and frightening people.
 A high school aged boy is struck by a jousting lance and is thrown into the air (he's OK). A high school aged boy is thrown from his horse (he's OK).
 An ogre and a high school aged boy fight over a ship's wheel, it breaks off, and the ship crashes into rocks (no one is harmed). A woman breaks two stone walls down using her head and she collapses to the ground after the second one. A man breaks a door down. A knight thrusts a spear into a woman's bucket of popcorn and shoves her into a seat.
 An ogre accidentally pushes a ship off a dock, he throws a champagne bottle at it, which breaks through the hull and the sails catch fire (we hear passengers screaming). An ogre causes a series of unfortunate events that include a donkey falling onto a woman, items being thrown around a room, people falling to the floor, flaming kabobs are thrown into a wall almost hitting a donkey and setting fabrics on fire, and a flower pot is flung across a room. A dragon sprays flames toward a man.
 Knights with swords threaten an ogre. An ogre threatens to break a man's leg. People in an audience heckle and laugh at a man who's performing on stage, and he then threatens them ("you'll be sorry"). An actor on a stick horse draws his sword and talks about slaying dragons.
 Four characters are encircled by a light, lifted into the air, they disappear, and crash to the ground in another place. Women walk through a dark tunnel and we see human skulls piled in alcoves. A sorcerer shoots flames at a rock and it explodes. An ogre and a donkey are nearly struck by a horse-drawn carriage. A high school aged boy dangles from a basketball hoop.
 An ogre says that his father tried to eat him when he was a boy. Many people and animals and fairy tale creatures grieve at a funeral. A man tells others to "get rid of" a high school aged boy (implying to kill him). A high school aged boy is told about tasters who sample a king's food to make sure that it is not poisoned.
 A man eats gravel and we see blood in his mouth. A boy spits when he talks and another boy gets repeated nose bleeds.
 A gingerbread boy remembers being tortured and having his legs broken off. A man is zapped by an electrical charge (he's OK). A tree flicks a bird off its branch. People scream and run when an ogre walks onto a high school campus.
 An ogre has a bad dream about having thousands of babies, each one getting into danger while he tries to keep them safe from burning themselves or falling off high perches; one baby projectile vomits on him, pushing him across the room.
 Babies flatulate in a tub of water and giggle, a baby spits up on a woman, and babies and another character play in mud. A gingerbread man passes a gumball when frightened by many guards with swords. A woman spits in a beer mug to polish it. We see an ogre's very long and cracked toenails a couple of times and in one scene he has them sanded down with a power tool.
 An ogre complains of being itchy and asks a servant to scratch him (we see the servant scratching his clothed buttocks using a stick) while many other people watch with alarm. A donkey appears to need to vomit while on a ship but does not.
 Baby dragon/donkeys fly into a room, blow flames as they leave a room and we see a blanket with a small flame burning on it. A woman burns a bra.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 5 mild scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (loser, jerk, mutant leprechaun, freaks, idiot, lame, you stink, fool, morons, coward, stupid), 1 exclamation ("you are royally...").


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a couple of bar scenes. A fairy tale character stumbles across a road carrying a bottle of alcohol and acting inebriated.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, death of a loved one, secrets, starting a family, parenthood, love, relationships, friendship, persuasion, reason, disappointment, feelings, villainy, Karma, self-destruction, feelings of inadequacy, romance, responsibility, knowing one's limitations, jealousy, greed, royalty, inter-species relationships.

MESSAGE - You are who you are, not who other people say you are. There are two sides to every story.

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