Merlin: The Return

2000 PG 1h 30m DVD

Merlin: The Return

2000 PG 1h 30m DVD
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When ambitious scientist Dr. Maxwell opens a gateway through time, the evil sorcerer Mordred exploits the opportunity and comes to modern-day England. Now, it's up to the ancient yet capable hands of Merlin the magician to save the day.
Rik Mayall, Patrick Bergin, Craig Sheffer, Adrian Paul, Julie Hartley, Tia Carrere, Leigh Greyvenstein, Byron Taylor
Paul Matthews
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Merlin: The Return is a U.K. feature that was released directly to video in the United States. It takes place mostly in the present day, with all the familiar characters from King Arthur's universe trying to navigate modern times. The movie seems to have been made with kids in mind, though it still features sword fighting, stabbing, some blood, and some scary skeleton creatures. There's a shot of several women rubbing and touching Mordred, and some discussion of the extramarital affair between Lancelot and Guinevere (which is referred to in terms of love rather than sex). Language includes a couple of uses of "damn" and "my God." Kids are seen drinking Coca-Cola, with a Coca-Cola display case on view. A Game Boy is shown. This movie feels very low-budget and clumsy, but it's also inoffensive and might please younger viewers who are interested in King Arthur's legend.

Sexual Content

In one scene, a brooding Mordred sits surrounded by women who rub his arms and shoulders. After a few seconds, he gets up and storms off. There is some brief discussion of the affair that Sir Lancelot had with King Arthur's wife Guinevere, though it's discussed in terms of love rather than sex.


The movie features some fantasy violence. There are some scary attacks from some ghostly skeleton creatures, and we see several sword fights, with stabbing and a little blood. Mordred attacks a female character, attempting to choke her. In a scary ritual, innocent people are turned into the scary skeleton creatures. Some of the good guys get stabbed in battle.


"Damn" and "my God" are heard a couple of times each. Characters are called "stupid." Characters also tell others to "shut up" or "put a sock in it."

Social Behavior

A pair of kids helps save the world, struggling against terrible odds and triumphing in the end.


A Game Boy is mentioned and shown. Kids are seen sharing a Coca-Cola. A Coca-Cola refrigerated display case also is shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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