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.

TV Series Review

I never liked camp as a kid. The bugs. The bunkhouses. The communal bathrooms. Oh, I know, there are people who have the time of their lives at camp. They'll go on and on about the hiking and the rafting and the Thursday afternoon relay races. That's great. Me, I wanted to stay inside and read.

Still, I think I'd rather go back to camp again than sit through another episode of NBC's summer dramedy series Camp, a sickly show that has only a single saving grace: Mosquitos can't fly through the television screen.

The Little Otter Family Camp is a place where families can gather for the summer, communing with nature and one another. And that, as far as it goes, is nice—so nice that we'll even not wonder too much about how all these moms and dads were able to take off so much time to go to Little Otter, much less pay for the thing.

But these socially minded families are not the focus of Camp. Oh, we're introduced to a handful of them—two gay fathers, for instance, and a mother who pines for her promiscuous youth. We see a few young children, too, whose sole purpose seems to be to parrot or critique the inappropriate things their counselors say.

No, most of our time is spent with the comely teens and handsome twentysomethings who have turned Little Otter into their own personal playground. Kip is an introverted leukemia survivor who serves as the show's outsider everyman. Marina is the girl who's shunned by the camp's cool-girl clique because she flashed her breasts to the whole Internet in a moment of juvenile indiscretion. Buzz is the son of the camp's owner who has plans—written plans—on how to lose his virginity.

All of these obligatory misfits are presided over by owner/manager Mackenzie "Mack" Granger, whose husband just left her for another woman and whose camp is a toenail away from closing down.

I'd like to say Camp means well—that in spite of its egregious content it has a good heart. Unfortunately, the best I can do is tell you that this NBC show thinks it means well—the same way a drunk parent thinks he's being responsible by telling his kid to stay in the car for a couple of hours while he goes gambling. Camp encourages folks to sometimes take risks—but those risks typically involve theft or drinking or punching somebody out. It embraces the idea of loving life—but then insists that life is best enjoyed through a haze of marijuana smoke and/or forbidden sexual contact.

I'll note here that lots of real-life summer camps out there are Christian camps where kids (and sometimes adults) gather to have good, clean fun, meet new people and get a little closer to God. Other camps may focus on learning about nature and developing survival skills in the wild. Some may be designed to push at-risk teens into a healthier, more mature way of thinking.

In other words, most camps are, ostensibly, about growing up a little.

Little Otter has found another niche for its clientele: fostering immaturity. It encourages children to engage in adult behaviors while the adults grow ever more juvenile. If Jason shambled out of the camp's lake and started brandishing a chain saw, I'd half expect Mack to encourage the guy to do whatever it takes to find himself and be happy.

I'd rather not stick around to find out if that ever happens, though. 'Cause this show made me homesick on my very first day.

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

Camp: 7-10-2013

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Rachel Griffiths as Mackenzie 'Mack' Granger; Rodger Corser as Roger Shepard; Thom Green as Kip Wampler; Charles Grounds as Buzz Granger; Dena Kaplan as Sarah Brennan; Charlotte Nicdao as Grace; Nicolai Nikolaeff as David 'Cole' Coleman; Tim Pocock as Robbie Matthews; Lily Sullivan as Marina Barker

Director

Distributor

Network

NBC

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

Released

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Paul Asay

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!