The Mummy (1999)

Movie review by
Adam Perry, Common Sense Media
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Above-average action-adventure with lots of violence.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 124 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 49 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Beyond the drinking, there is not much offensive behavior. Americans (shown mostly as cowboys) are portrayed as less clever, noble, or powerful than the rest. People of color are treated with respect.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Evie especially is a strong role model. She demonstrates her intelligence and courage. But some of the main characters betray others or leave each other behind. 

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. Two characters have an affair, and the woman's bare bottom is visible. 

Language

Swearing included "Sons of bitches," "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Mummy is an extremely violent 1999 movie. 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. Two characters have an affair and the woman's bare bottom is visible. A man stumbles drunk throughout the film and another vocally lusts after the whiskey. Swearing includes "bitch" and "bastard."
 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymoviemadness June 5, 2011

So-so action flick -watch out for the racism

The Mummy is pretty squarely a shoddy action flick in my book. Fun, light, cool fight scenes, and etc. for teens and adults. Definitely not for kids -the viol... Continue reading
Adult Written byConnie914 January 18, 2016

The Mummy /nudity

This movie starts out with a female wearing a g string outfit which the top is see thru. Not good for children of any age. Very disturbing to see when I thought... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2011

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 18, 2010
A pretty violent film. The mummy itself is really creepy looking.

What's the story?

In THE MUMMY, American explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Frasier) leads a Cairo librarian Evelyn Camahan (Rachel Weisz) and her brother Jonathan to the lost city of Hamunaptra where they discover treasure that accidentally awakens a three thousand-year-old cursed mummy. The undead creature -- once the high priest Imhotep -- is bent on resurrecting his mummified former lover, Anck-su-Namun, by sacrificing Evelyn and bringing forth 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?

Action, comedy, and the captivating romance between O'Connell and Evie are at the heart of this movie. 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, The Mummy is extremely exciting, and at times educational. The juxtaposition of intricate Egyptian history and spirituality, with contemporary Hollywood spirit, might inspire teens to learn more about ancient Egypt.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

  • Families can also talk about the violence in The Mummy. How does the fact that much of it is supernatural affect its impact? How is it different watching the "undead" get hurt than human characters?

Movie details

For kids who love action and adventure

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