Parents' Guide to

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Quirky, aged-up adventure has positive messages.

Movie PG 2019 102 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 49 parent reviews

age 7+

Exploring=good, treasure hunting= bad

I appreciate so much the overarching theme that being an explorer is exciting and being a treasure hunter is problematic. That alone felt like an important palette cleanser for our 7yo with all the other media out there that doesn’t address that treasures belong to someone/ communities and should be respected and left alone. I also enjoyed how Dora modeled not losing herself to peer pressure, how she resists mean girl culture (and wins over the rival girl, who becomes a friend) and the incorporation of Spanish (of course) and Quechua. (There’s a great Latino USA podcast episode where the Dora actress speaks about learning Quechua from her abuela.) All that said, our 7yo is a super scaredy-cat and I was shocked she could handle this. It helped that I watched this movie on my own first and then would pause to let her know that they were about to be kidnapped and that everyone was gonna be ok, etc (and that in general, no one actually gets hurt or dies in the movie). And she was truly ok and never had to close her eyes. My partner and kid and I all really enjoyed this movie and laughed so much. This is a special one.
age 7+

TERRIFYING

I was so scared during the opening scene that I dropped my popcorn! It's a great plot and there's not really any bad language. Apparently Dora wants to mate some people which is kind of weird. Other than that it's a great movie. Boots sounds like a Chainsmoker but he is so cute though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (49 ):
Kids say (50 ):

This surprisingly funny, earnest adaptation of the beloved bilingual kids' show features an unwaveringly positive teen version of Dora. Although it's unclear precisely to which audience Dora and the Lost City of Gold will appeal—teens nostalgic for the Nickelodeon series they grew up watching? younger fans curious to see an aged-up protagonist?—one thing is immediately obvious: It's incredibly well cast. Peruvian American Merced doesn't just look like Dora with her expressive brown eyes and signature bangs; she nails the precocious, generous, and inquisitive young explorer's personality. And Longoria and Peña are caring and comedic as Dora's parents, who have ambivalent feelings about their little girl growing up but remain supportive. Their warm household dynamic is a joy to watch, especially for bilingual viewers who speak both English and Spanish with family and friends like they do.

The supporting roles include some big-name Latino actors, including slapstick master Derbez, who's also a producer; Mexican superstar Adriana Barraza as Dora's abuelita; Benicio Del Toro as the voice of Swiper the thieving fox; and, in a single hilarious cameo, Danny Trejo as none other than the squeaky-voiced Boots. Wahlberg (Mark's nephew), whose mother is Dominican, is promising as cousin Diego. But some of the movie's jokes are overly predictable, there's an unnecessary (but super low-key) romantic subplot, and the relationship between Dora, Diego, and their two classmates isn't as compelling as, say, the one between the teens in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Still, the Australian forest doubles nicely for the Amazonian rainforest, and the action sequences are just perilous enough to be tween friendly without being too scary. It's always clear that Dora and her pals will be able to proverbially yell "We did it! Hooray!" at the end. Watch through the credits for a cute bonus number featuring Merced, who gets to show off her musical theater skills.

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