The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure



Interesting idea marred by amateurish acting, stereotypes.
  • Review Date: February 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters work together to prevent the Southern Cabal from taking over the United States.

Positive role models

The characters generally don't stray far from archetypes and stereotypes to emerge as positive role models.


Frequent gun play. Characters use guns to rob a bank. A Civil War battle is shown; characters fire guns and rifles. A character hits another character in the head with a shovel. Characters punch and kick. A strange older man pulls a knife on two kids; this same man swings a shovel at a child in a cemetery.

Not applicable

"Dork boy."


A character is shown holding a mug that prominently advertises Biggby Coffee.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure is a 2012 low-budget adventure mystery. There is frequent gun violence, as well as fighting with punches and kicks. In one instance, a creepy older character pulls a knife on two kids, and is later shown swinging a shovel at one of the kids. There is also strong regional stereotyping; the Southerners portrayed in the film are cliched dumb bad guys. The lead character is also coming to grips with the recent death of his grandfather. With better acting from the lead characters, this could have been a better movie, but the "community theater"-style acting tends to mar what could have been an interesting idea.

What's the story?

At the funeral of his beloved Grandpa Jack (Christopher Lloyd), Mickey Matson (Derek Brandon) is disappointed to learn that the only thing he has inherited from Grandpa Jack is a rock. Little does he know that this is more than a rock, but after inspecting it under a microscope, he sees that the rock contains a treasure map. Meanwhile, agents of a Southern Confederate Cabal are seeking to find this rock and the treasure, as they are constructing a machine that will overthrow the U.S. government and create a Confederacy. Joining with strange adults who are part of a group dating back to the Civil War who work to prevent the Confederates from finding these objects, Mickey and his new friend from Chicago, Sully, must stop this machine from coming to life, and find the treasure that will pay off the mortgage of Mickey's parents' house.

Is it any good?


It had the potential to be an interesting idea, but the overall execution of THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON AND THE COPPERHEAD TREASURE leaves this movie both preposterous in its story and amateurish in its acting. There's a "community theater" type of feel to this movie, where actors ham up their stereotypical roles to their fullest extent. The Southern Confederate characters, in particular, are especially obnoxious and cliched.

Some of the problem is simply a matter of trying to do too much with too little. While it could be possible for some to tune out the cliches and the general predictability in the movie's story direction and enjoy this film for the action/adventure/treasure hunt/mystery that it is, there's simply too much unoriginality and poor execution marring the movie overall, preventing it from being as good as it might have been.

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Movie details

DVD release date:October 14, 2013
Cast:Christopher Lloyd, Ernie Hudson, Derek Brandon
Director:Harold Cronk
Studio:Screen Media
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:Some action and peril.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAlice's Apple February 22, 2014

Pretty Bad...

The movie lacked almost everything a good movie needs. Both of the two main child actors were quite wooden Indian and carried no emotion. The movie had an "ok" story but didn't come together well at all. I guess very young kids who don't really interpret bad acting and like the idea of kid mystery movies would enjoy this but my honest opinion is to not waste your money on this movie.
Parent of a 11 year old Written bySternAndFair February 24, 2014

What great is this movie!

Oh and to laugh! This Mickey Matson movie is the entertainment of which I had waited my whole life. The action pack is thrilling, jaw-dropping Hollywood spectacle for generations to come. I think maybe perhaps Back To The Future was better but only the car I truely like more than Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure. As young Mickey looks for the Copperhead Treasure he is encountered not only by snakes but by men! A man named Ernie (I thought maybe Ernie means Energy) beats him in the head but parents do not worry because the blood shown is not very bad. My father hit me on the head in real life and I bleed much of worse than young Mickey Matson. The movie is everything you need from pirates, oceans, cops and robbers, red Indians, even a black man. Thank you, Hollywood for a close call with victorious!
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Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byW0PR February 6, 2015


this is a very dumb movie, it is about the the american south "rising again" even though the southern resistance consists entirely of 2 dumb guys with guns and an old guy who thinks he will rule the world by monopolizing the silver industry, seriously? were the crap are you gonna sell all of the frickin silver? also, the kid's grandma uses a cannon to shoot a rope 6 feet and the kids get recruited into "the league of the patriot" even though they are like 6 and 7 years old. dumbest movie ever, i only watched it 'cause i was sick and bored.


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