WHY WE CARE


Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

YOUR STORIES


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"

SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

PLUGGED IN RATING

    No Rating Available

Watch This Review

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Movie Review

Gwen and Eddie are big-screen stars, big-screen lovers and real-life sweethearts. They even manage to get married before self-destructing. But self-destruct they do. Separated for a year and a half, the pair awaits the release of their last movie together, Time Over Time. Fans wait breathlessly to see if Gwen and Eddie will get back together for one last hurrah. And it’s studio publicist Lee Phillips’ job to see that it happens.

Lee finds Eddie holed up in a "wellness center" getting his head shrunk by Indian therapists. Gwen is shacked up with a hunky Spaniard. Lee has a lot of work to do! Wading neck deep into giant egos, bruised hearts and childish petulance, Lee pulls off a joint press junket at a Nevada resort for the movie’s premiere. (The film isn’t even done yet, but the publicity machine knows no rewind.) Once in Nevada, Eddie and Gwen square off, wedging sweet Kiki, Gwen’s subservient sister, squarely in-between them.

positive elements: Entertainment Weekly calls it a "Hollywood farce." And it is. But some eagle-eyed moviegoers will get more out of it than others. Sweethearts’ hyperbole forcibly creates the following valuable insights. 1) The twinkling lights of Tinseltown only gleam as brightly as the nearest press junket. 2) Fame, money and good looks won’t make you happy. Indeed, they may actually make life an insufferable morass (read Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 for Solomon’s pre-Hollywood take on that). 3) Love stinks if you’re only in it for the feelings it gives you. And most importantly, 4) Just because your publicist acts like your friend doesn’t mean he won’t sell your soul on eBay if it’ll drive up the box office numbers.

spiritual content: The Indian wellness center and its therapists radiate Hindu stereotypes, but it serves as a comical backdrop, not a sermon.

sexual content: Almost as bad as your typical episode of Friends. Innuendoes and jokes galore. Among them a reference to having sex with Castro. It’s implied that Eddie and Kiki spend the night together. Gwen caresses Hector’s (clothed) crotch with her boot. Two running gags fixate on masturbation and the size of a man’s anatomy. One such incident involves videotape of Eddie pulling cactus splinters out of his crotch. The angle makes it appear as if he is masturbating. The footage ends up on the news—pain/sexual sound effects included. A Doberman licks Lee’s crotch (twice). Both scenes are played for laughs but edge uncomfortably close to perversity when Lee gives the dog instructions on where to lick and apologizes for "not writing." Gwen is shown getting dressed, putting on a shirt over her bra. She’s also shown sudsed up in the bath. Playing to the press, Eddie makes up a story about he and Gwen participating in "three way" sex with Hector. In the movie-within-a-movie Time Over Time, Gwen cavorts as a cabaret dancer, moving suggestively and allowing men to touch her sexually.

violent content: Eddie tangles with Gwen’s Spanish lover, Hector, in a restaurant brawl. Hector knocks Eddie cold with a food tray. A flashback shows Eddie driving his motorcycle through a plate-glass window in an attempt to hurt or kill Gwen and her lover. He fantasizes about shooting Gwen with a pistol. Trying to rescue Eddie from what he thinks is a suicide attempt, Lee knocks him off a roof, then rescues him. Elsewhere, the same Doberman that licked Lee mauls a window washer.

crude or profane language: Far too front-and-center for a PG-13. One angry f-word and nearly 20 s-words lead the way. Jesus’ name is abused several times, and anatomical slang flies.

drug and alcohol content: Wine and beer are part of the high life. Eddie jokes about taking Vicodin and frequently pops pills, which he says are "natural" and "holistic."

other negative elements: Lee and his studio cronies go so far as to joke about arranging Eddie’s suicide on the day of the premiere to boost public interest.

conclusion: America’s sweethearts aren’t very sweet, are they? There’s really no one to cheer for. Eddie is self-absorbed, muddled and sated by fame. Gwen is peevish, demanding and obsessed with the lifestyle her money provides. Lee is manipulative and unfeeling. Kiki is all too willing to sleep with her sister’s husband. Okay, fine. It is a farce after all, and the characters aren’t supposed to be warm and fuzzy. That’s a time-worn Hollywood convention. When director Joe Roth first read the script, he "was caught up in the tone and the humor of the screenplay." "I love the movies from the 1930s and ‘40s," he says. "The great gang comedies of the past ... the Sturges films and the Capra films where an entire cast of characters comes together. Audiences have been deprived of this lately." True, but something they haven’t been deprived of lately are large doses of the very kind of crass sexual humor that permeates Roth’s movie. Couldn’t he have copied Capra just a little bit more?

Advertisement

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Credits

Rating

PG-13

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Julia Roberts as Kiki Harrison; Billy Crystal as Lee Phillips; Catherine Zeta-Jones as Gwen Harrison; John Cusack as Eddie Thomas; Hank Azaria as Hector; Stanley Tucci as Dave Kingman; Christopher Walken as Hal Weidmann

Distributor

Columbia Pictures

Network

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

In Theaters

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Steven Isaac

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!