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The Scorpion King



On the silly popcorn scale, it works pretty well.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: April 29, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know


Action violence, impaled bodies, child in peril, snakes, fire, swords.


Non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in bed with a man.


No profanity but strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of action violence, meaning that it is not too graphic or gory. There are some vivid 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 non-explicit sexual situations, including two women in a man's bed. There are no four-letter words, but there are some strong epithets.

What's the story?

Some very scary looking guys are about to kill a guy who would be even scarier-looking if he wasn't tied up. But then everyone steps back in awe of a guy who steps in looking scariest of all and as they hesitate, he cocks an eyebrow and says simply, "Boo." That is the Rock (WWF star Dwayne Johnson) and he plays Mathayus, the title role, in this prequel to the Mummy movies, giving us the background of the character who appeared briefly but memorably in the second one as half-man, half very large bug. In THE SCORPION KING, Mathayus and two others are hired by local tribes to kill the evil tyrant Memnon (Steven Brand).

Is it any good?


The Scorpion King 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 I think that it adds some heart to the story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Memnon's claim that order was better than freedom. They may also want to talk about how the sorceress protected herself from Memnon.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 19, 2002
DVD release date:October 1, 2002
Cast:Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan
Director:Chuck Russell
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence and sexual situations

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Adult Written bygreen_goblin May 8, 2009

Not that violent, in which it is. But it's too sensual and has a lot of nudity.

The sexual content was sort of graphic. In many scenes you can almost see her breasts.
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Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byMaWalker66 July 21, 2013
Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe May 25, 2013


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Too much consumerism


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