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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages. Themes of whether it's better to rule by force or through peaceful means.
Positive Role Models
Characters too one-dimensional to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Constant BC-era violence. Characters do battle with swords, bows and arrows, spears, knives, etc. A man has his throat slit. A man dies from getting eaten alive by a throng of red ants. Battle casualties, not too much blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in bed with a man. Prostitutes make advances on lead characters. A woman emerges from a bath naked with her long hair strategically covering her breasts.
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Alcohol consumed by a guard is called "yak piss." Sexual innuendo from prostitutes. When a boy tosses a coin into a fountain and makes a wish, a beautiful princess emerges naked from the fountain, to which the boy says, "gods be praised."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking at festivals. A guard drinks from a jug, appears drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Scorpion King is a 2002 action fantasy movie in which Dwayne Johnson plays a warrior seeking revenge for his brother's death at the hands of a ruthless king. There's a lot of action violence and frequent death, but there isn't much blood and there's no gore. Furthermore, the cheesiness of turn-of-the-century CGI special effects lessens the terror in, say, watching a man getting killed by an attacking swarm of red ants. There are some vivid and demonic images, including attacking cobras, an impaled body, and a dead child. And there are very vivid sound effects making on- and off-screen violence more explicit with spurting and squishing sounds. There are sexual references and innuendo, and non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in a man's bed. There are no four-letter words, but there is some profanity, such as "yak piss." A woman emerges from a bath naked with her long hair strategically covering her breasts. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This action movie doesn't pretend to having anything like the wit and charm of the Mummy movies, which were a loving tribute to Saturday morning serials. But it works pretty well, largely due to its star. The Rock has genuine screen presence. He even manages most of the material better than Michael Clarke Duncan who is just too much of an actor to deliver the cheesy dialogue with the right mix of sincerity and irony, and Peter Facinelli, whose thin-voiced delivery doesn't convey the necessary petulant malevolence.
There is one innovation worth mentioning. In action movies, the hero is almost always stoic, even when he gets hurt. Think of Rambo sewing up his own wounds. But the Rock, carrying over the conventions of professional wrestling, grimaces in pain when he gets hurt. It doesn't rise to the level of acting, but in a funny way it adds some heart to the story.
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