Opens: Friday 5/21
Us Rating: **
The Shrek series -- which has earned a combined $1 billion in the U.S. with three flicks -- has overstayed its welcome. In the fourth installment of the increasingly tired franchise, Shrek (voice of Mike Myers), now a sleep-deprived father of 1-year-old triplets, has grown weary of being a do-gooding daddy. So he foolishly negotiates with devilish Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) to experience one day as his former unmarried, childless, grumpy ogre self — a bargain that risks the kingdom and his family. With Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz returning as Donkey and Princess Fiona, respectively, the film will still be magical to kids wanting the familiar stew. But the fairy tale will bore parents who’ve had enough of the wink-wink jokes and overbearing pop music soundtrack.