Shrek 2 (2004, USA) C-92m. *** D: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon. Starring (the voices of) Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders, Larry King. Shrek the Ogre returns in this bigger, more spectacular sequel as he and his bride get an invitation to her parents' kingdom. There, Prince Charming thinks he has been cheated out of his right to wed the princess, his mother, the Fairy Godmother, tries all her wizardry to bring Shrek and Fiona apart. Less original and cute, but still somehow seems better, more lively. There are certainly more jokes, although most of them are aimed at grown-ups (again).

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