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The Road to El Dorado Review

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This trip down The Road to El Dorado proceeds under the speed limit all the way.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    This is one Road whose gold apparently got paved over.

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OK for kids 6+

Outstanding family movie mixes comedy, action, romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Road to El Dorado is a DreamWorks animated film about two Spanish con artists from the early 16th century who discover the fabled lost "city of gold" in the New World and are treated as gods by the tribe who lives there. Some cartoonish violence -- sword fights between characters, a character cutting his hand with a knife, and characters nearly being crushed by a giant statue -- as well as brief, nonsexual nudity, and scenes where male and female characters kiss and lie next to each other. A scene in which a giant monster-dog goes after the main characters might be a bit much for younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about Tulio's statement: "You know that voice that tells people to quit when they're ahead? Miguel, you don't have one." What does that mean? Why does Miguel take risks that Tulio thinks are not wise?
  • How do you think The Road to El Dorado compares with other animated movies you've seen? Is it as funny an action-packed as others you've liked?
  • Ask kids if they understand what a con man is, and if they think Tulio and Miguel will continue to cheat people in the future.

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: While intended to entertain, this film does provide a sense of the brutal first encounters between the gold-seeking Spanish conquistadors and the native tribes they destroyed.

  • message true0

    Messages: As Sir Elton John sings as Miguel and Tulio try to leave El Dorado, "Friends Never Say Goodbye."

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: While Tulio and Miguel are con artists who at first believe they have stumbled onto a "golden" opportunity, they both grow to appreciate the kindness and loving natures of the citizens of El Dorado.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish violence. Characters fight with swords, but no one gets hurt. A piranha bites a character on the rear end. A human sacrifice is narrowly averted. A character is hit in the side of the head with a bag filled with gold. Characters are chased by a giant demon dog brought to life by the high priest of the tribe. Characters are nearly crushed by a giant statue toppling over. A character cuts his hand with a knife and wipes his blood on a statue.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Brief, nonsexual nudity after a group of monkeys steal the clothes belonging to Miguel and Tulio. A male and female character kiss and lie next to each other; their kissing is interrupted by a character looking for them.

  • language false0

    Language: "Hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character holds a cigar, but does not smoke. Characters raise glasses to toast, but have their drinks spilled and broken before they can drink. Characters are shown holding drinks with fruit slices and umbrella garnishes.