The Mummy

  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A cut above most action films, but not for young kids.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 124 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Beyond the drinking, there is not much offensive behavior. Some of the main characters betray others or leave each other behind. Americans (shown mostly as cowboys) were portrayed as less clever, noble, or powerful than the rest. People of color are treated with respect.

Violence

Beyond the intense gunfire, swordplay, and fist-fighting, there are scenes, such as a man's insides being eaten alive by a killer beetle, that can be startling to both children and adults.

Sex

Kissing, slightly revealing outfits.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many characters drink shots of whiskey. A man stumbles drunk throughout the film and another vocally lusts after the whiskey.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent. Men are killed by gunfire, sword wounds, fatal acid, insect bites, and numerous magical plagues. There is virtually no blood or gore and much of the violence is directed toward the "undead," whose bones shatter when struck with swords or fists. In a series of scenes, many characters (including the lead) drink shots of bourbon whiskey. A man stumbles drunk throughout the film and another vocally lusts after the whiskey.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In THE MUMMY, Rick O'Connell (Brendan Frasier) leads Evie and her brother to the lost city of Hamunaptra where they discover treasure that accidentally awakens a three thousand-year-old cursed mummy. The undead creature is bent on resurrecting his mummified girlfriend using Bible-size plagues and undead armies. This film is filled with rich content and is a worthy heir to the action-adventure/archaeology-meets-swashbuckling genre made famous by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series.

Is it any good?

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Action, comedy, and the captivating romance between O'Connell and Evie are at the heart of The Mummy. At times, the out-of-this-world special effects and battle-sequences have one longing for the old-school charm of Lawrence of Arabia or The Ten Commandments. Regardless, this film is extremely exciting, and at times educational. Its juxtaposition of intricate Egyptian history and spirituality, with contemporary Hollywood spirit, might inspire teens to study Egyptian history and spirituality.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way women and indigenous people are portrayed in this film. How does Evie's strength as a scholarly, cultured, bi-racial librarian compare to other lead female roles in cinema today? How are people of different races depicted? Are they respectful of their cultures?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 7, 1999
DVD release date:December 19, 1999
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz
Director:Stephen Sommers
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity

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Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2011
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Disturbing

In my opinion, this is a good movie, except it is very disturbing. My two friends, Frosty and Guad, loved it, and didn't think it was disturbing but In my opinion, it was VERY disturbing with the beatles. The beatles are Very Disturbing (not the band) and the mummy may freak some kids out. Well, I thought the beatles were super disturbing and gross and my 7 friends thought it was disturbing, too, and ran out of the room.
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Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old September 14, 2010
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cool

awesome movie really cool scenes one of the first movies ive ever seen
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Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old April 18, 2010
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A pretty violent film. The mummy itself is really creepy looking.
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Too much violence

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