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Family Film Guide: 'The Scorpion King'

Sunday, April 21, 2002

"The Scorpion King"

Rated: PG-13.

Best for: 10- or 11-year-olds and up.

What you should know: The Rock, a WWF star who made an impact on studio executives in "The Mummy Returns," steps up to the plate as the star of this prequel. It's set 5,000 years ago, when a desert warlord named Memnon (Steven Brand) has been taking over the immediate world. He's being guided by a sorceress, and it's up to Mathayus (The Rock), a strongman descended from generations of assassins, to stop him. It's pretty much non-stop action, fight scenes and loud music, including a Godsmack song, with periodic female appreciation of The Rock's often shirtless body.

Offensive language: Nothing to speak of.

Sex: A king keeps a harem of women, a woman's bath is interrupted, and a man and woman kiss, fall to the ground and awaken next to each other.

Violence/scariness: The violence ranges from a man being punched to fight scenes involving arrows, swords, lances, cobras, fists and flames. Quicksand, fire ants and scorpion venom factor in, too. One man briefly displays the severed head of his father. Although people are injured or die, the camera typically doesn't linger, and it's all treated in a rather cartoonish manner.

Sunday, April 21, 2002

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