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.

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

Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

The artist comforts a girl done wrong by her man (“My Baby”), and thanks his mother for her love and protection (“To My Mama”). Despite an angry tone, “The Movement” includes upbeat lines about God’s goodness and the need to care for children.

Objectionable Content

A junior thug on the rise, Bow Wow hasn’t graduated to Glocks and gats, but he still does some urban saber rattling on “The Don, The Dutch.” “Get It Poppin’” proclaims, “I can’t lie/I love B.O.O.T.Y. ’cause I never let it walk on by.” While not explicit, other sexually aware lines mar “Hey Little Momma” (he can only visit his sweetie when her dad’s not home), “Let’s Get Down”(he brags about having a bevy of beauties at his beck and call like Austin Powers) and “Eighteen” (the age at which he plans to be dating an older woman). On “I’ll Move On,” he brags about being more mature than the average 13-year-old, yet displays a reckless desire for independence (“If it gets a little wild, so what?/It’s an ounce of experience”). Never lacking in self-confidence, this teen puts himself on a pedestal throughout, stating, “Girls all scream ... guys wanna be me,” “No other cat as attractive as me” and “I’m the very best.” He also calls himself “the greatest ... untouchable.”

Summary Advisory

While not as rabid as his thug elders, Bow Wow (he dropped the Lil’ from his name) is moving in their direction. Fans of his style should try CCM’s Lil’ iROCCWilliams—upbeat junior-circuit rap without the arrogance.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

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!