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The Mummy Returns



Very violent, mostly in comic-book terms.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Lots of fighting, scary surprises, some yuckiness.


Some revealing costumes, mild reference to adultery.



Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, but mostly in comic-book terms. Most of the damage is done to mummies and other non-humans. There are some scary surprises and ghoulish images. There are also very mild sexual references and some revealing costumes.

What's the story?

Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz return as Rick and Evie O'Connell, now married and the parents of eight-year-old Alex (Freddie Boath). This time, the Mummy has to defeat the Scorpion King (wrestling star The Rock) to get control of his army and take over the world. In order to find and wake him, they need a special Scorpion-King-finding bracelet, which happens to be stuck on the wrist of Alex O'Connell. But don't worry about the plot. It really doesn't matter how or why mummies and bad guys are chasing them; all we need to know is that they are, and that Rick and Evie have to find a way to rescue Alex, send the mummies back where they came from, and save the world from being utterly destroyed. Fortunately, there's always just enough time for a kiss or a wisecrack -- sometimes both -- before entering into the fray.

Is it any good?


Grab some popcorn and settle in for some old-fashioned movie fun, the best in this genre since the gold standard of adventure movies, the Indiana Jones series. The special effects of THE MUMMY RETURNS are sensational, and the fight scenes are well staged and very exciting. One of the movie's great strengths is the art direction. It brilliantly creates the mood, helped along by a period-sounding score.

It's a shame that The Rock is onscreen for such a short time. He makes a real impression in the prologue, but doesn't reappear until the end, when he's part-Rock, part-scorpion. Fortunately, there's an entire sequel titled The Scorpion King just about his character.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how views on archeological digs have changed since the era in which this movie is set, and about current controversies over the ownership of antiquities. Families can also visit local museums to see some of their Egyptian treasures.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 4, 2001
DVD/Streaming release date:October 2, 2001
Cast:Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz
Director:Stephen Sommers
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:adventure action and violence

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Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2013

The Mummy Returns

VIOLENCE-5/5. Scarab beetles crawl under a man's skin, and burst out of his mouth. This is the most graphic scene of the movie. Some intense battles between sides. (Swords clashing). Some sword fights. A man's hand is reduced to bones after it is eaten by a scorpion. He is later torn apart. This is not as bad as it sounds. Miniature skeleton creatures (pygmies) attack a group of people, not too graphic but just plain frightening. Some gun shootings. A group of mummies are pretty scary, but they are killed by the good guys. Overall great sequel.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byRockAndRollKid August 21, 2013

Good but not as good as first one less gory and less scary too.

Return if the mummy is ok. The movie is about the same characters but this time they have a son and this group of people unleash the mummy. Apparently after the mummy is u leashed and sucks people's bodies to get human form (like the first one) there is a time of seven days before the mummies enemy the scorpion king is unleashed and rules the world (the mummy is the scorpion kings enemy cuz he wants to rule). So it's up to the main charterers to save the world again. The movie is less gory and more boring he first but it is still good. The beetles that crawl in the skins are only in a few scenes unlike the first one. That's why I gave the movie 3/5 and say the movie is great for most Pre-teens. This is your common sence media reviewer. :D
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byKIdX13 January 11, 2009

Dumb, stupid, confusing, porley explained...

One thing, WHO THE HECK IS THE SCORPION KING?????? He is just some guy they made up because they couldn't think of a better plot!!! why cant the mummy just return? why dose this scorpion king guy have to be there too? Just read on for the issues: 1. Gunplay, hand to hand duels, and killing, many things, such as the mummy, may scare kids. 2. Mild language including: A-s, D--n, and H--l. 3. revaling outfits and kissing. The only reason to wach this is if you A: are a die hard movie fan, B: a die hard mummy fan, or C: some one who has to watch every movie in a siries so he can see al the new and old charecters, otherwise, don't watch this.


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