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."


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!"


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

Two years after the one-man synthesizer maestro behind Owl City released The Midsummer Station, there's still no new full-length album anywhere to be seen. To tide fans over, Adam Young is releasing shorter, EP-length samples of what he's working on. "It was a change of pace, and it just felt like the right plan to release the EPs and then the new album," he says on his website. "The EPs are like short stories that collectively add up and tie together for the full-length."

The first of those "short stories," Ultraviolet, comprises four songs that paradoxically pair angst, struggle and mourning with an unquenchably upbeat, optimistic and hopeful outlook—and, of course, Owl City's equally unquenchably happy, synthy, pop sounds. Indeed, Ultraviolet proves a perfect title for these songs, referring as it does to a light beyond our ability to see with the naked eye. Instead, it takes faith and hope to believe the metaphorical light is still there, even in the dark times. And it's a faith Young hints is placed in God.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

"Beautiful Times" tells us darkness, storms and fear are inevitable, but that the sun will rise. ("I fought all through the night/Oh, oh, but I made it out alive/The sun's starting to rise/Oh, oh, these are beautiful times/The fight of my life is so hard, so hard/But I'm gonna survive"). "This Isn't the End" narrates a tear-jerking and instructive story of a young girl struggling to come to grips with her father's suicide. Of the man's selfish action, Young sings, "The role of a father, he never deserved/He abandoned his daughter and never returned." The poignant pay-off after verses full of ache? "And over the years, though the pain was real/She finally forgave him and started to heal/ … Love is confusing and life is hard/You fight to survive 'cause you made it this far/ … It's just the beginning, this isn't the end."

Framing fears in terms of beastie-haunted nightmares, "Wolf Bite" offers up not just another monster mash, but instead a platform for Young's plea for deliverance from his anxieties—a plea that could easily be heard as a prayer. "I wanna get my life right," he says. "Will you show me the way tonight?"

Objectionable Content

A simile references a drug user's high on "Beautiful Times" ("I'm ecstatic like a drug addict/Locked in the attic/Strung out and spellbound").

Summary Advisory

He sounds perpetually sunny and upbeat, but Adam Young isn't at all afraid to tread into murky, fear- and heartbreak-filled spaces. "Up All Night," for example, unpacks pain in the wake of a breakup ("I just can't get you off my mind/ … It's tearing me upside"). And that gives the music on Ultraviolet a surprising amount of heft.

But excepting "Up All Night," the emotional heaviness is largely counterbalanced with hope and perspective that seem to derive from a source bigger (and more sacred) than Young's determination alone. We can face the hardness of life with courage because, Young hints, we can call out for help.

In a March 2014 interview, Young said, "The thing I've come to learn about life is never to rely on an expectation of how things will be in the future. Because you never know what's coming for you, so you gotta take it one day at a time and be thankful for what you have while you have it. That's me every day, thanking God for letting me live my dream, because if it all goes away tomorrow, I wanna be glad for what I had."

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



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!