Shrek 2

Following in the footsteps of the hilarious Shrek, Shrek 2 is one of those rare sequels that works at least as well as the original.

The story starts where the movie left off – right after Shrek and Fiona get married. There’s a delightful selection of scenes from the honeymoon which shows that the sense of humor and parodying of other movies is alive and well in this one. Then comes the time to meet Fiona’s parents!

Now, meeting the parents is rarely comfortable in the real world, and it’s no more comfortable in the movie. Lucky for those of us in the real world, most fathers don’t hire a hitman if they disapprove of their son-in-law. Well, at least mine didn’t when my sister married someone he disapproved of.

Now, we’re all familiar with the Fairy Godmother from stories such as Cinderella. This Fairy Godmother, however, is a cold-hearted businesswoman, determined to get her son (Prince Charming) to marry Fiona. She is most displeased with Fiona’s choice and makes sure the King does everything he can to get rid of Shrek.

Here’s a list of just a few of the movies and shows parodied in this movie:

The Lord of the Rings

The Matrix

Spiderman

Ghostbusters

Flashdance

Mission Impossible

and, of course, various fairy tales

I’m not going to spoil the entire movie for those who haven’t seen it, but it is very much worth watching. There’s a fair bit of humor that the kids won’t understand (and you won’t want them too!). My 3 year old loves to watch this one over and over, which is a relief considering the movies she watches over and over again otherwise. You might enjoy Far, Far Away Idol, an American Idol parody at the end of the movie, even if you don’t enjoy American Idol.