Tad: The Lost Explorer

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Lame animated adventure has violence, some mild profanity.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Being successful doesn't matter if you don't have anyone to share it with. Some cringeworthy stereotypes of Latinos (always looking for a deal and a way to make an easy buck).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tad confesses to his lies, and the team gives up glory to do the right thing.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of suspense and moments of peril. Bad guys have lots of weapons, including guns, and shoot at and threaten to kill the main characters many times. Sarah slaps Tad in the face. Bad guys fall to their deaths. Creepy mummies may be scary to young kids.

Sexy Stuff

Female characters wear tight, revealing clothing and have large breasts. A woman in a photograph is shown in a Playboy Bunny outfit. Two characters kiss.


"Crap" and "hell." Also insults such as "loser," "moron," and "shut up."


Reference to FedEx.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character accidentally takes a huge dose of the wrong prescription pills and has to be taken to the hospital to have his stomach pumped.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tad: The Lost Explorer is a Spanish animated film that's been overdubbed in English. This action-packed adventure tale has a lot of scenes of peril, a lot of guns (the bad guys are always threatening to kill the good guys and/or shooting at them), and some creepy mummies that may be too scary for very young kids. Female characters wear tight, revealing clothing and have large breasts. A woman in a photograph is shown in a Playboy Bunny outfit. A character accidentally takes a huge dose of the wrong prescription pills and has to be taken to the hospital to have his stomach pumped. There's also mild language ("crap" and "hell") and some cringe-worthy stereotypes about Latinos.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byDiscoverToday May 5, 2020

Unnecessary Gender Stereotypes

The movie could have been entertaining, but there was no need for perpetuating the "over-the-top" gender stereotypes, especially for such a young audi... Continue reading
Adult Written bymommee1 May 2, 2020

entertained our almost 6 yo boy

Not much of a moral story line. I liked that the main character had an interest in science and discovery which fueled the whole movie. Luckily it had that.. bec... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPress J August 21, 2016

Boring characters and lame story development.

It was a very bad film. It was quite innopropriate but no dirty jokes are hidden in it.

I hated it. Don't watch it unless you think a character lying abou... Continue reading

What's the story?

Tad (Kerry Shale) dreams of being a famous archeologist but so far has only managed to dig up junk. When he suddenly gets the chance to impersonate his friend Professor Humbert (Mac McDonald) and travel to the lost city of Paititi with an ancient key, he jumps at the chance. But when he finds the one-handed Kopponen will do whatever it takes to steal the key from him, including kidnapping Professor Lavrof (also Mac McDonald), he'll need the help of the professor's daughter Sarah (Modern Family's Ariel Winter), his guide Freddy (Cheech Marin), and the intrepid bird Capataz to find the lost city before it's too late.

Is it any good?

Though it's not outright awful, this lame adventure feels like a low-budget version of a movie we've seen many times before. The action sequences of TAD: THE LOST EXPLORER borrow heavily from Indiana Jones, the bad guy does a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, and the characters are pretty one-dimensional. The film would have benefited by focusing more on plot development and less on showing the bad guys waving guns around, which starts to feel pretty excessive by the end of the movie.

Older, more mature tweens will probably be better off sticking with the Indiana Jones series. And younger, more sensitive tweens might want to find a less violent adventure tale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stereotypes in the movie. Which stereotypes did you notice? Did you think they were negative? Why, or why not?

  • Tad: The Lost Explorer is influenced by the Indiana Jones series. Which scenes borrow elements from those movies? How are they similar?

  • What's your favorite adventure movie? Why is it your favorite?

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