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Shrek Forever After (2010)

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Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme.

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Mike Mitchell

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... Shrek (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Donkey (voice)
Cameron Diaz ... Princess Fiona (voice)
Antonio Banderas ... Puss in Boots (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Queen (voice)
Jon Hamm ... Brogan (voice)
John Cleese ... King (voice)
Walt Dohrn ... Rumpelstiltskin / Priest / Krekraw Ogre (voice)
Jane Lynch ... Gretched (voice)
Craig Robinson ... Cookie (voice)
Lake Bell ... Patrol Witch / Wagon Witch #2 (voice)
Kathy Griffin ... Dancing Witch / Wagon Witch #1 (voice)
Mary Kay Place ... Guard Witch (voice)
Kristen Schaal ... Pumpkin Witch / Palace Witch (voice)
Meredith Vieira ... Broomsy Witch (voice)
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Storyline

The once hideous ogre Shrek is now living a good life with wife Fiona and his three children. But he soon has a meltdown in front of them and his friends during his kids' birthday party. He suddenly wants to be a real ogre like he was before he ever met Fiona. So he turns to devious deal maker Rumplestiltskin for help. At first, Shrek lives the life he once lost and everything is good. But he soon finds out that he has been set up by Rumplestiltskin, who now rules the land with an iron fist. Teaming with friends Donkey, Fiona and Puss in Boots, Shrek is in for the fight of his life as he tries to get his life back before time runs out. Written by Blazer346

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Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever After: The Final Chapter See more »

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Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,838,207, 23 May 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$238,371,987, 5 September 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$752,600,867, 25 November 2011
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DreamWorks Animation See more »
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Rumpelstiltskin appeared briefly in Shrek the Third (2007), but looks very different there (wide-brimmed hat, trimmed beard, mustache and sideburns, different facial features) and is voiced by a different actor. See more »

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Shrek picks up Fiona's handkerchief near the monogrammed corner, pulling it toward him. In the next shot, the handkerchief is sitting in the palm of his hand with the monogrammed corner facing away from him. See more »

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[Shrek stormed out of the party and Fiona follows him outside]
Princess Fiona: Unbelievable!
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Princess Fiona: I'm not talking about the villagers, Shrek. I'm talking about you! Is this really how you want to remember the kids' first birthday?
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As happily ever after's go, this one ain't half bad.
11 June 2010 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

The final chapter in the SHREK series recalls that familiar term "Be careful what you with for". I too was careful at what I wished SHREK FOREVER AFTER would be. After the disappointing SHREK THE THIRD, the bar isn't set high for this supposedly final chapter. It's never going to compare with the superior first two, but if Dreamworks Animation really wanted to conclude their beloved property with this, they might as well give it all that it has. SHREK FOREVER AFTER, while certainly more elaborate than its immediate predecessor, is not the most original of the series, but if this is really a happily ever after for Shrek, at least he went out on a good note rather than a disappointing one.

The story is basically IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE with Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) trading places with George Bailey. Shrek's life couldn't be better: he has his loving wife Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) and three kids, best buddies Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss (Antonio Banderas) are current visitors, he's got his swamp back, and above all his days as the flesh-eating ogre are way behind him. But everyday of the same day-to-day rituals can get too routine for our big green ogre. If only he could wish he could be that flesh-eating ogre again! His wish is granted when he meets the crafty Rumpelstiltskin (voiced by Walt Dohrn), but it at a terrible catch. Before you can say "Happily Ever After no more!", Shrek is trapped in a depressing alternate universe where he was never born and none of his pals know who he is.

The real treat of the premise of FOREVER AFTER is that it gives us a chance to warm up with these characters again and recall why we loved them in the first place, and then find out a few new reasons to like them all over again. We already know these characters and we have met them before, and this might just serve as a reunion after the occasional slog of the previous follow-up. Unlike its immediate predecessor as well, this one actual has a storyline instead of the simple premise to be used to hang pop culture reference and in-jokes. It's not a great storyline and certainly not anything original, but it's a step on the right direction. Director Mike Mitchell has at least put Shrek right back on track, and not a moment too soon. If this is really the series' finale, the creators have at least done a credible job at reminding us of the appeal that these characters. In a way, SHREK FOREVER AFTER is a satisfying conclusion, if not a grand one.

Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.


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