Parents' Guide to

The Road to El Dorado

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Family movie has comedy and action, but racist overtones.

Movie PG 2000 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 13+

One scene takes the film over the line as far as being for kids

There are bits that dance along the line of suitability for kids like the nude male butts and use of the word hell. But there's a scene where a native woman pops up from below the screen, followed by a man. The position her head is in is so far down from the male, it's hard to argue it's implying anything other than oral sex. Pretty gross
age 7+

Enjoyable with some awkwardness

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as as I did. Are there awkwardness in some indigenous portrayals? Yes. Does the film lack some basic historicity? Yes. Is it still worth watching and laughing through...I think yes. Branagh and Kline are delightful in their portrayals and it is aa breath of fresh air to watch a film that is about friendship and power and kindness and community. The film is a lovely homage to the Crosby/Hope Road to...films and the banter between Branagh and Kline is brisk and keeps the film quippy and watchable. Perez and Olmos are also strong in their interpretations. The biggest disappointment is that you never find out more about Chel's character and that feels like an unfortunate blindspot. Well voiced, well animated and well executed albeit with disdainful conversation around "sacrifice." Just stop already.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (62 ):

This movie has aged poorly. While Branaugh and Kline bring great energy and character to their voice roles here, and there are some stunning backdrops and plenty of action, there's no looking away from the film's determination to run headfirst into the White savior cliché. It's a shame, because the dialogue is smart, funny, and impeccably timed, and the two leads are gifted a sweet friendship arc, but The Road to El Dorado's racist portrayals of Indigenous people and rewriting of Spanish colonization in South America very much dims its sheen. Even the Elton John-Tim Rice score is underwhelming, and songs seem to go on forever -- none coming close to the glory of their Oscar-winning The Lion King standard. Kids will likely enjoy the fast-paced adventure and moments of silliness from likable characters, but parents may want to discuss some of the themes and darker implications along the way.

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