Parents' Guide to

The Mummy (1999)

By Adam Perry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Above-average action-adventure with lots of violence.

Movie PG-13 1999 124 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 14+

Dated with too many horror features.

I really wanted to like this movie but it is so derivative of the Indiana Jones movies that it is just not worth it. My 11 year old son identified the parallels right away. He was fine with the Indiana Jones movies (with occasional scares that were a bit too intense) but not with this, though, due to the high level of not only violence, but horror movie features - jump scares, insects crawling under a man's skin (on his face), hanging (even if not completed) scene, to name a few. It may be because it's dated, but I also had to explain that Arab people aren't portrayed well, nor are women - the objectification (even if set in the 1920s) is excessive and simple-minded. I'd take a strong pass for any age.

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Too much violence
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age 18+

The Last Great Adventure Film

Don't get me wrong, we have had lots of great movies since '99, but I really feel that this is the last one where it was just 10 for 10 great. And it was a great way to end the 90's, which I still believe to be one of the best movie decades; we knew how to make great movies and we knew how to make great trailers for those great movies--not just rapidly flashing scenes with drums and clashing and building violins, but REAL trailers edited to perfection with great music. "The Mummy" just packs it all; from Adventure to Horror to Fantasy to Drama to Comedy, and in my humble opinion, it succeeds superbly in all five genres. It is just such a FUN movie! The sites (and sights), the sound design, the CGI (while I won't say it's perfect), and, of course, Jerry Goldsmith's masterpiece of a score which can take Alan Silvestri's for "The Mummy Returns" to the cleaners any day of the week. While "The Mummy" was a blockbuster, it is sadly one of those unappreciated movies. Shortly after its release is when movies began to take a turn for the worse and become darker, and for what ever crackbutt reason, darker is what the American Audience wants. Audiences just want movies where everyone dies (a lot of the time including the hero(es)), the music is heavily synthesized, and the plot is simplistic. "The Mummy" is an epic adventure from beginning to end. And I can only hope that our movies return to this movie-type some day soon. While I do like "The Mummy Returns", it was a little too silly for me. And "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"? No comment. The first one just captures the fun-ness that movies are SUPPOSED to be; a movie that grabs you out of your world so you almost feel as if you're IN the movie (he said, at the risk of sounding either cheezy or loony), very much in the tradition of "Jurassic Park" and its sequel. It's just truly a classic, and will hopefully remain so long enough to see a day when it is appreciated again.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (60 ):

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.

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