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The Mummy | 1999 | PG-13 | - 3.6.3

In this action-adventure/horror movie, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah visit a buried Egyptian city in search of an ancient book and accidentally release a cursed mummy. Also with Kevin J. O'Connor, Stephen Dunham, Jonathan Hyde, Corey Johnson, Arnold Vosloo and Tuc Watkins. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Several kisses and near kisses, plus a man kisses a woman without her consent. A man puts his hand on a woman's knee and she slaps it away. During one scene, a woman's breasts and buttocks are visible through her tiny mesh outfit. We see a woman in a cleavage-revealing top and a man wearing a loincloth.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Lots of people are stabbed, impaled, shot or otherwise wounded throughout the movie -- especially during two battles scenes -- but we only see a little blood. We see a man's bloody arm stump after his arm has been cut off and the shadow of a woman impaling herself. In one scene, many men are tied to racks with their heads placed between two boards; a man's tongue is held with a wrench and we see a knife about to cut it off. A man is he's eventually cut loose). We see lots of dead bodies after a battle takes place. Several times, huge swarms of bugs chase and attack people: a man is covered with grasshoppers, a man is devoured by bugs (they crawl on him, then leave his skeletal remains), and another is presumably devoured by bugs (we see them crawling toward him and hear crunching noises as the scene ends). Twice, we see a bug crawling underneath someone's skin; in one scene, the bug is cut out of a man's arm and in the other, the bug seems to disappear after it reaches the man's eye. A man is wrapped in gauze strips, covered with hundreds of bugs, locked in a casket and then buried alive. We see lots of decomposed mummies: they're grayish-brown with lots of tendons visible. A mummy regains layers of skin by taking skin from a few people (we see their skeletal remains). A partial-mummy kisses a woman; part of his face turns black and disintegrates. We see a man's reddish, empty eye sockets. A man's flesh decomposes as he's sucked into a pool of water. Many mummies are punched, impaled, decapitated and shot into pieces. Many people have black sores on their faces and a few men's faces appear to "melt" after sand blows on them. Two men hit each other with prods and then one pulls the other off his horse. A plane is enveloped in a sandstorm and crashes; a dead passenger is swallowed by quicksand. Explosions and fires knock people down and engulf a few in flames. A car drives through a crowd, hitting people: several hang onto the car and are punched until they fall off (a few run into things with loud thuds). A woman stabs a man in the eye with a lit candle (a small wound is visible). A man sword fights many others, and several people (men and women men) scuffle, punch, headbutt and slap each other. A man runs face-first into a wall and presumably dies. People barely escape when a building's walls cave in and a man is nearly crushed by a stone tablet. Water in a fountain turns to blood.


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LANGUAGE 3 - A couple of anatomical references, lots of mild obscenities, a few insults and some British slang.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ancient and present-day Egypt, mummies, curses, plagues, greed, curiosity.

MESSAGE - Ancient, mythical curses do exist and we should respect them; as enticing as they are, ancient cities are best left unexplored; blindly pursuing something for personal gain often leads to one's demise.

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