Shrek parents guide


Really beauty is found on the inside.

Overall B-

What is green and crusty on the outside, but softhearted on the inside? Shrek of course! Follow the computer-animated antics of this multi-layered ogre (Mike Meyers) and his loud-mouthed donkey sidekick (Eddie Murphy) on their quest to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz).

Release date May 17, 2001

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity B
Substance Use B-

Why is Shrek rated PG? The MPAA rated Shrek PG for mild language and some crude humor.

Run Time: 93 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Shrek rated PG? Shrek is rated PG by the MPAA for mild language and some crude humor.

Overall: B-
A simple tale of an ugly ogre, beautiful princess, and hard hearted ruler. The writers of this computer animated adventure threw in enough original twists and spoofing comedy to make for an interesting watch. Unfortunately, they also added enough burps, flatulence, and double entendres to bring our overall grade down to a barely recommendable B-.

Violence: B-
Men come to capture ogre. The Gingerbread Man (a fairy tale creature) is threatened with being drowned in milk and having his legs removed. Creatures deemed different or unusual are rounded up and sent away. Large keg of ale sprayed on attackers. Various conflicts between creatures and knights result in wrestling, punches, kicks, and hitting with chairs and other objects. One character teases another by increasing his fear of crossing a rickety bridge. Leg bones sticking out of a pair of boots seen, along with other skeletons littered about inside a dark castle. Dragon spews flames at characters. Character injures crotch. Woman stops band of men with martial arts moves. Character shot in rear with an arrow. Dragon eats a man.

Sexual Content: B
Carefully positioned objects block views of Sherk’s “private” areas when shown bathing. Sexual implications in lines such as: Snow White lives with seven other men but “She’s not easy;” Gingerbread man says “Eat me;” Farquaad’s castle size is assumed to be compensating for something else. Animal character urinates on fire. One creature unknowingly kisses the backside of another. Sleep-talking male character comments about a female in his dream. Song mentions a lady’s backside. Female character accidentally ends up lying on top of male character, and a bystander asks if they would like to be alone.

Language: B
At least: 6 mild profanities (one in a song, and two as a double meaning for a donkey), also one obvious mild profanity that should be in a rhyme, but isn’t said. 3 terms of Deity used as expletives. Occasional name-calling. Flatulence jokes.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B-
Shrek drinks some sort of ale, and a pina colada is mentioned.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G May Frighten Young Children
Alberta PG
Manitoba G Frightening Scenes
Ontario G F for Family
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video G

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News About "Shrek"

Cast and Crew

Shrek is directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson and stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Shrek movie is November 1, 2001. Here are some details…

DVD Information:

  • Package type: Keep case
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Aspect ratio: Full screen standard - 1.33:1 Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English, Spanish & French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS).
  • Available subtitles: English.
DVD Extras:
  • Behind the scenes featurette, The Tech Of Shrek
  • Game Swamp - vast array of interactive games and activities
  • Shrek’s Music Hall
  • Shrek’s Re-Voice Studio (add your voice)
  • Favorite Scenes Selection
  • Donkey’s Tale Read-Along
  • Production notes
  • Biographies
  • Trailer
  • Filmmaker commentary
  • Storyboard pitch of deleted scenes
  • Technical “goofs”
  • Playing hints for Shrek Xbox videogame

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For other movies about people who are ostracized, see our reviews for Beauty And The Beast (suitable for young children and over), The Mighty (good for young teens and up), and The Man Without a Face or Pay It Forward (for older teens and adults).

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