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Puss in Boots

MPAA Rating: PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan

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Kids Family Teens Adults
Animation Adventure Fantasy Comedy Kids Family 3D IMAX
1 hr. 30 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 28, 2011 (wide—3,800+ theaters)
DVD: February 24, 2012
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swords in the Bible



doing wrong things

repentance and repayment

seeking forgiveness

animals in the Bible

courage, daring, boldness, bravery

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Featuring: Antonio BanderasPuss in Boots (voice)
Salma HayekKitty Softpaws (voice)
Zach GalifianakisHumpty Dumpty (voice)
Billy Bob ThorntonJack (voice)
Amy Sedaris … Jill (voice)
Constance Marie … Imelda (voice)
Guillermo del Toro … Moustache Man/Comandate (voice)
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Director: Chris Miller
Producer: DreamWorks Animation
Joe M. Aguilar … producer
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation, Dreamworks

“Pray for mercy”

The lovable, yet fierce kitty Puss in Boots is back! This time, however, his quest is to steal the magic beans from Jack and Jill, climb the beanstalk up to the giant’s castle, and steal the golden goose that lays the golden eggs, along with the help of Kitty Soft Paws and Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis). Will the group be successful? Well, you’ll have to go to see the film to find out…

I’m very picky when it comes to movies. To be frank, I wasn’t quite certain walking into this movie as to whether I would enjoy it at all. I figured, “This film could be either really good, really bad, or somewhere in between. I don’t have high hopes.” However, after spending 90 minutes in the theater, not only did I walk out surprised at how terrific this movie was, but I was also surprised at how clean it was. Compared to many films that have hit theaters claiming to be “clean family films,” this movie actually held true to the above statement and maintained high quality filmmaking standards, in the process.

First off, I must say that Antonio Banderas really stole the show in his role as Puss in Boots. Without giving too much of the story away, let’s just say that Banderas really allowed me to understand Puss’ character a lot better. I saw depth from Puss’s character. I would also like to commend Zach Galifianakis for his excellent performance as Humpty Dumpty and to Salma Hayek as the smooth, yet kind, Kitty Soft Paws. The plot was fairly predictable, but enough to keep the movie going for 90 minutes. Congratulations to Chris Miller for producing an excellent film

Objectionable material

While this film was cleaner than the Shrek series, there was still some questionable material that I feel must be noted in order for parents to make an informed decision about whether or not to see this movie

Violence: Moderate. There are several fight scenes between Puss in Boots and other characters in the film, including a few sword fights. Of course, Puss in Boots steals from people. There is a scene where Puss in Boots, Kitty Soft paws, and Humpty Dumpty, are being shot at with guns and cannons. There is another scene where Humpty Dumpty pretends to be hit by a cart. Kitty Soft Paws scratches Jack’s face. There is another scene where Puss in Boots scratches faces (unintentionally). There is a brief scene where Humpty Dumpty is hit in his private area. Lastly, Puss in Boots is knocked out.

Profanity: Mild. One character says the phrase “Holy Frijoles.” There is a scene where Kitty Soft Paws mentions to Humpty Dumpty that she knows how to speak “meow.” The word “pooper” is mentioned, and Puss in Boots is referred as “frisky” two times.

Sex/Nudity: Mild. There are a couple scenes where a man’s pants fall down. Humpty Dumpty is seen changing in front of Puss and Soft Paws. Lastly, toward the end of the film, one man is seen bathing.

Other: There is one dance sequence in the film where Puss in Boots makes a couple obscene dance gestures, but this is brief. There is a mention of “catnip” (a mild drug reference). ***SPOILER*** One of the main characters dies ***SPOILER END***.

Spiritual issues/morals

As we see Puss in Boots progress through this film, he realizes toward the end that he never had to steal, in the first place. He realizes he was wrong, and he tries to repay the town of San Ricardo for his misdoing. He seeks forgiveness. In the same way, God is willing to forgive us of all our sins, if we are truly sorry and repent of our sins. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9,

“If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

In short, I am happy to be able to recommend this movie. Thank you Dreamworks for showing us that good, relatively clean films can still be made. I recommend this film for older children, but not for youngsters.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Mild

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Comments below:
Positive—While this movie was extremely entertaining to watch, it just wasn’t that funny. Which is a shame, because the “puss” character was hilarious in “Shrek 2.” Not to say I didn’t like it… this film stayed away from the stupidity and bathroom humor that it could have resorted to, for which I am grateful. It was just pretty average all around. Although none of the voice casting did a thing for me, the animation was good, and there were some fairly decent action sequences.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Kadie Jo, age 19 (USA)
Positive—Me and my husband went to see this movie. We thought it was great and laughed a couple of times. There was no foul language of any sort. There is action, but no violence. Some parts were cute. The only thing that was a tiny bit wrong with the movie was when the one human showed Puss in Boots the drawings on his body like tattoos, and I was glad Puss in Boots decided to stop the human for showing more after the last drawing. It really had no rude humor like “Shrek” movies did. I recommend this movie to anyone to see.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Julie D., age 39 (USA)
Positive—There is another moral in this movie which revolves around Humpty Dumpty. He is in search for golden eggs all his life, but, in the end, we discover what Humpty Dumpty himself is made of. This analogy holds true for us, we are in search of GOD all our life while he is with us all the time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—NB, age 47 (USA)
Positive—I saw “Puss In Boots” yesterday in 3-D, and I highly recommend seeing it in that format. The movie is pure fun and heart from beginning to end. Antonio Banderas returns to play the Zorro-like feline who originated in “Shrek 2” (a movie which I actually enjoyed, as it contained some swordplay) and went on to appear in the two Shrek sequels. Now, he has his own movie, which is a welcome relief (though I liked Donkey along with Puss In Boots, the humor and overall tone of the Shrek movies was more geared toward adults than kids).

This time, we learn how Puss got his boots, and how, in his own words, “My name would become legend.” Thankfully, the movie wisely avoids the bathroom humor of the Shrek movies, opting for a true family-friendly feel. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 25 (USA)
Positive—I really liked this movie. I heard it was boring and slow, but I don’t know who would say that, there was CONSTANT actio,n and I thought it was very funny. I liked it SO much more than I thought I would because of the review. And it was kind of fun going through some of the old stories you grew up listening to, like Jack in the Beanstalk. It was a GREAT movie and because the two characters were cats, I didn’t find it offensive—their “seductive” comments towards each other. It wasn’t bad at all, and I don’t even think kids would catch it. And believe me, I do NOT like movies that have sexual or seductive stuff in it. This movie had great action, was funny and had a good message. See it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Samantha, age 37 (USA)
Neutral—I took my grandchildren (age 10 and 12) to see “Puss in Boots” after checking this site for guidance. I was disappointed from the opening scene where Puss is leaving a female cat lying in bed, suggesting he has spent the night with her.

The bulk of the movie is mostly neutral, in terms of sexual innuendo (and quite exciting at times), but the last few minutes again refer to Puss as “a lover of beautiful women”. Even from a worldly point of view, this line objectifies women, and, from a Christian view, it goes against the virtues of faithfulness and honour.

This offered me an opportunity to talk with the children about these character traits; they did not need any prompting to see the poor values reflected in this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Theodora, age 62 (Canada)
Neutral—I agree with Theodora who has reported neutrally on this film. I also was unimpressed by the embrace of womanizing. However, that apart, it was a fine film. But I agree with the person who posted a positive review who said it was not particularly funny. It is wry humor, rather than raucous humor. I found it somewhat understated.

What I was very happy about is that I do not recall any toilet “humor”. Either you do not let the children see anything or you let them see something like this. It is important that they know the world so they can either reject or accommodate it and one hopes not embrace it, when they are young and still readily amenable to parental influence. I would take children to this film, but I realize many a Christian may—in good conscience—refuse to.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—BP, age 53 (Australia)
Negative—I suppose it’s obvious why Hollywood has to sexualize kid movies. What surprises me is how Christians are so willing to dismiss it. Several sequences in this movie were very inappropriate for kids. Since it’s the only animated kid movie in theatres this week, that makes it excusable? We’ll just focus on the positives. Why, because everyone’s going to see it anyway? Very sad.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—John, age 46 (USA)
Negative—Although the story line and the laughs weren’t too bad, I would like to warn parents about the sexuality of this movie. Puss refers to himself as a lover of women and a great lover. He sneaks out of a female cat’s bed in the early hours of the morning, but she wakes up, and he calls her several female names and states it does not matter what her name is. This womanizer attitude throughout this movie is sending out the message to young boys to disrespect women. As a woman, I felt sick and violated to hear these things
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Holly, age 20 (Australia)
Comments from young people
Positive—I thought this movie was so cute. There was no swearing. It also had a good message on forgiveness in it. I thought it was fun, but I am glad I didn’t see it in the theater, just because I would have been upset for spending the money. But it is cute on DVD.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Meaghan, age 13 (USA)
Positive—Fun and exciting! Loved it!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Andre, age 15 (Canada)
Positive—You really need to see “Puss in Boots,” It is so cool! The movie is not like the Shrek type, though it has a bit of potty humour—it is fairly clean. I almost cried when (SPOILER) Humpty Dumpty gave his life for the people of his town and gets smashed. Puss looks down to see if he is still alive, and we see a golden egg and bits of smashed egg shells around it, assuming that he really was gold on the inside. Then the goose that laid the golden eggs comes and gently takes him up to the clouds. (SPOILERS END.)

I enjoy the fact that there was not a lot of romance in the movie—only a kiss at the end. (I hate movies with romance, and really don’t know why.) Humpty Dumpty gets hit in his “privates”. Why did the film makers put it in the movie? I don’t know, but it really could do without. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Hannah, age 11 (Australia)
Comments from non-viewers
Neutral—…I had no desire to watch this movie before I saw this review. I was simply curious if it would be as bad as the “Shrek” franchise. Now I definitely don’t want to see it. Why is it necessary for Humpty to get kicked in his private area? Why do they have to sex up the female character? Why do they have to mention Puss” friskiness at all? I just don’t get it.
—Amy, age 36 (USA)

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