Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Action sequel has positive role models but lots of violence.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 94 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Everyone succeeds when you focus on teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

At first Mickey tries to impress others by going around his team, but he eventually learns that when you focus on helping others, everyone wins. Some stereotypes about Southerners being bumbling and unintelligent. Girl characters are shown in positions of leadership and as strong and smart.

Violence

Pirates take kids and adults hostage and zap anyone who gets in their way with ray guns. Lots of punching and kicking with people getting hit in the head and knocked unconscious. A character reveals details about the tragic death of his family. The hole from a character's missing eye is shown, which is a little scary and gross.

Sex

Mickey and Sully shown in bathing suits, Mickey with a bare chest and Sully in a modest two-piece.

Language

"For the love ... "; some insults such as "moron" and "weirdo."

Consumerism

Characters drive a car that's prominently shown to be a Jeep Brute.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson is the sequel to the adventure mystery The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure. There's frequent violence with lots of kicking and punching, along with a liberal use of electromagnetic shocks and ray guns. A creepy pirate with a missing eye and a harpoon hand takes a group of adults and kids hostage and threatens to kill both Mickey Matson and his grandfather. Details about the tragic death of a character's family are shared. There are some stereotypes, with Southerners portrayed as bumbling and dumb, and a few mild insults such as "weirdo" and "moron." Still, parents may appreciate the positive message about teamwork and the portrayal of girls, who are shown to be smart and strong.

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What's the story?

After a boring year waiting for some action, Mickey Matson (Derek Brandon) is dramatically brought back into the ranks of the Secret Order of the Patriot when he learns his beloved grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) is alive after faking his own death to protect Mickey and his family. But before the two can be properly reunited, the S.O.P. base is taken over by pirates who are set to destroy all the electronic devices in the world with a secret machine. Along with his former partner in fighting crime, Sully (Francesca Derosa), Mickey must find out who's behind this terrible plot and figure out how to stop him before the machine is turned on.

Is it any good?

Unless you've seen the first in this adventure series, you might find it hard to connect with this tale, which is long on action, short on plot. THE PIRATE'S CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON doesn't fully rely on plot points from the previous film, but it has very little character development, which makes it difficult to care about the film's heroes. And the mystery plot is very thin, focusing on nonstop fighting rather than solving a mystery, which gets tiresome fairly quickly. The story of how Admiral Ironsides turned to a life of piracy is also quite sad and a little disturbing, and it feels too dark and dreary for an otherwise fairly light kids' movie.

Parents may appreciate the positive messages (teamwork is strongly emphasized) and the portrayal of girls, who don't take a backseat to the boy characters. But kids will likely be left cold by the cheesy dialogue and stilted acting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. Do you think it helps further the plot? Or do you think more focus could have been given to the plot and less on fighting?

  • How do you think women and girls are portrayed in the film? How does this film portray them differently from other action/adventure movies?

  • What is your opinion of the acting in this movie? What is the difference between good and bad acting?

Movie details

For kids who love adventure and fantasy

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