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Puss In Boots

children & family, comedy

You loved him in Shrek now see where the one-and-only swashbuckling feline found his fameand a very big pair of bootsin the hilariously funny (Associated Press) animated epic!

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Swashbuckling adventure features irresistible warrior cat.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spin-off of the popular Shrek franchise has some mild innuendo, cartoonish violence, and one character death. Tense/perilous scenes include several duels, an elaborate "dance off," a cannon/gun fight, a "monster" chase, and a character who willingly plummets to their death. There are a couple of double-meaning jokes and a repeated mention that Puss is a "lover," as well as a funny conversation about starting a family between the villainous Jack and Jill. Overall this animated adventure is aimed at kids young and old, although families with adopted children should note that (once again) the main character is an orphan. The 3-D factor makes a couple of scenes slightly more intense, but it's nothing overly dramatic, so you won't miss out if you catch it in 2D.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message that it's our choices who make us who we are -- not whether we're labeled as "good," "bad," or even "wanted" by the law. How do Puss and Humpty change throughout the movie? What is their friendship's lesson about revenge and honesty?
  • Do you need to be familiar with the Shrek movies to enjoy this spin-off? Do you think there should be more Puss adventures, or should there be another spin-off from the original Shrek flicks?
  • Shrek products are available everywhere, so Puss in Boots is likely to be featured on everything from pajamas to video games. If you like Puss and his pals, does seeing him on merchandise make you want to buy them more? How can you avoid getting sucked into the commercial aspect of a movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 28, 2011

Fresh: 'Puss in Boots' is uneven, but when it's on course, cat fans will be in heaven.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fresh: As good as Banderas and Hayek are together, Galifianakis is better, making Humpty-Dumpty, of all people, one of the more intriguing animated characters to come along in awhile. He's a nice surprise.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Puss in Boots avoids all of the flaws of the last two Shrek movies, and revitalizes the universe in a shockingly good movie that is beautifully animated, hilariously mature, and stylish enough to make up for its spin-off nature.

- fb791220692, Monday, August 20, 2012

3 stars

A swashbuckling cat searches for magic beans to repay an old debt. This film is innocuous fun. It isn't that funny or exciting, but it holds one's attention, and replacing some of the typical cartoon violence with a "dance battle" is a welcome trend in the genre. Overall, I can't say that I liked Puss in Boots, but I find it hard to dislike it.

- hunterjt13, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2 stars

A flimsy story that delivers a surprising amount of laughs. While I was in awe about how a giant studio could have green-lit a script that was so piss-poor, I was amazed by the spectacular animation. This film proved to me that Dreamworks, visually speaking, could soon give Pixar a run for their money. Now if only they could hire some capable screenwriters...

- axadntpron, Thursday, March 22, 2012