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The Road to El Dorado (2000), (PG)
CAP Score: 77
CAP Influence Density: 0.42
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

If Scriptural references appear in the Summary / Commentary, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


The Road to El Dorado (PG) -- a sort of dull romp, ostensibly for the kids with a clear sexual presence.

Tulio (voice of Kevin Kline) and Miguel (voice of Kenneth Branagh) are chased into an adventure to ancient Central America in search of the city of gold.

A very sensuous-acting and scantily dressed young lady, probably a projection of an Aztec Indian since much of the background art was styled after Aztec, occupied much of the screen time [Num. 15:39]. AND there was full male (rear) cartoon nudity -- twice with both the "starring"male characters [Gen. 3:7]. Now I realize that the trend of real world entertainment is moving slowly towards introducing kids younger and younger each year into more intellectual and worldly matters to relieve them a little bit at a time of the unfair burden of childhood so they may be better prepared to handle the real world and so they may be moved slowly into experiencing necessary "adult" subjects....... What a load of nonsense! [Prov. 29:15] There was absolutely and totally NO wholesome benefit in the sexual content of The Road to El Dorado! [Eph. 5:3]

Tulio and Miguel are chased to the road to El Dorado after cheating at gambling with loaded dice. They did manage by trickery and dramatics [Acts 13:10] to escape with a map which was the last ante of the last hand of the sailors of 1519 Spain who were being cheated. Through a series of shenanigans that glowed with Rube Goldberg contraptioning, Tulio and Miguel ended up in Central America, which is where the map they absconded indicated the lost city of gold, El Dorado was located.

As movies have led us to believe, the Aztecs in the movie were stupid enough to think the Spanish con artists were gods. And, of course, the pair milked that false perception for all it was worth [Deut. 5:7]. And since they were considered gods, much of the theme of the movie was heavily laden with Scriptural wording right out of the Bible or Bible-sounding words. Even a lead-in monologue stole some meaning from the the works of Jesus. A ship's captain stated to the con pair mocked Jesus by saying "My crew were chosen as carefully as the Disciples of Christ." [Mark 12:30, Gal. 6:7] I somehow doubt that captain was as wise and discerning as The Captain.

There was a smidgen of cartoon ignominy in several areas: masked foul words [Eph. 5:4]; gore [Ezek. 37:23]; sorcery [Deut. 18:9-12; Lev. 19:31]; three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8]; consistent theme of lust and greed [Luke 12:15; 2Pet. 2:3; 2:14]; necking [Rom. 13:13]; miraculous healing [1 Cor. 12:30]; murder [Exod. 20:13]; more.


  • Num. 15:39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.
  • Gen. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
  • Eph. 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
  • Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
  • Deut. 5:7 "You shall have no other gods before me.
  • Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Ezek. 37:23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
  • Deut. 18:9-12 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
  • Lev. 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
  • 2Pet. 2:3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
  • 2Pet. 2:14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed -an accursed brood!
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
  • 1 Cor. 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
  • Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder.

    In an effort to improve the chances of the continuation of these reports, this Summary/Commentary section will be progressively minimized and may eventually have to be discontinued. Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Road to El Dorado (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gambling
  • gore
  • blood splatter
  • great falls and jumps
  • monster attack

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • cheating for personal gain
  • masked foul words
  • consistent theme of lust and greed
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sensuality and scant dress
  • full rear nudity - male
  • necking

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • "My crew was chosen as carefully as the disciples of Christ."
  • sorcery
  • treating two men as gods
  • God's name in vain once without the four letter expletive
  • miraculous healing

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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