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.


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

Officer Rose Cooper was pretty much a cop before she could even talk. From the time she was just a mere tyke tucked into a car seat, through pigtails and braces, right up 'til her first big date at prom, she spent a whole lotta time getting carted around in her dad's squad car. She was proud of her father. And he was proud of her.

All grown up, she's trying her hardest to be a straight-arrow San Antonio police officer, but she hasn't quite managed to live up to her dad's reputation. Let's face it, it's not so easy to throw your weight around when you're a 5' 1" female who weighs in at maybe 99 lbs. And the one time she got a bit overzealous, well, it ended up in her accidentally Tasering and setting the mayor's teenage son on fire.

Don't ask. She doesn't want to talk about it now that she's stuck behind a desk in the evidence room.

But a shot at redemption comes in the form of a federal case requiring the help of a local female officer. One Felipe Riva—a mobster lieutenant for the infamous Vicente Cortez—is going to testify against his drug cartel boss. What Ms. Cooper needs to do is escort Riva's wife, Daniella, to a safe house in Dallas before the trial.

She figures that should be easy enough.

But Rose hasn't yet met Daniella, a glamour-obsessed type who prances around in sky-high heels and hyper-haute outfits. Just toting suitcases full of shoes to the car is going to be a Herculean task!

And then there are all the accessories … to murder. Yep, there are hit men on the loose. Riva and his detective escort are both brutally murdered in short order. So Daniella and her detective escort (read: Rose!) are surely in the crosshairs next. Before Daniella can properly scream "Ay Yai Yai!" the buttoned-down Cooper and her conspicuous Colombian charge are running for their lives.


Crooked cops.

Cartel killers.

Carnal curves.

And comedy.

Call me crazy, but something tells me that's going to create some content concerns.

Positive Elements

Rose prides herself on being an upright cop and a good person, just like her dad. And through most of the film she lives up to that goal. Never minding her diminutive size, she readily steps up to fulfill her duty to protect and serve.

Spiritual Content

Daniella crosses herself and (comically) says a prayer for Cooper's deceased dad. Rose meets a guy she found on Christian Mingle.

Sexual Content

The film takes every opportunity to showcase (nay, ogle) Daniella's physical form. Close-ups. Pans. Lingering looks. She wears tight, low-cut outfits, and once she slips off the top of her dress to show us her bra. (During the credits that dress-unzipping scene is played again, only this time she unzips all the way down to expose her bare backside.)

Rose sports some cleavage as well at one point. We see her bent over changing clothes, and the camera takes note of her white "granny" underwear. When she walks in on a man who's naked, we see his torso and a bit of his backside. She and this guy, now wearing a towel, kiss.

A number of gags revolve around Cooper's sex life, including a running joke about her being gay. She and Daniella pretend to be lesbians, kissing and fondling each other awkwardly.

Violent Content

Men are shot and killed in a gun battle. Daniella and Rose are wounded with bullets. Two people are set on fire when Taser zaps ignite spilled alcohol. Somebody's thumped upside the head with a fire extinguisher. A guy accidentally shoots off the end of his finger. A man punches a cop in the face, and Cooper later gets the same treatment from Daniella—which knocks her out cold.

Motor vehicles—including a tour bus full of elderly passengers, a truck and several cars—slam and smash together. Gunmen shoot out a bus's window, motivating the driver to leap out of the still-moving vehicle.

Crude or Profane Language

The straight-laced Cooper rarely says anything harsher than "dang it." But the same cannot be said of her compatriots. From them we get a half dozen s-words and "mother-effing." "D--n," "a--," "h---" and "b--ch" pop up a few times each. And there are six or eight misuses of God's name (once with "d--n").

Drug and Alcohol Content

People imbibe at a party and at a casino. Daniella grabs and drinks small bottles of booze from a hotel mini-fridge. Teens are shown walking across a park with alcohol in hand. Passed out, a drunken man wakes up in the back of his truck after it's been stolen.

A car with 42 kilos of cocaine in the trunk is hit by a truck—the impact blowing the drug into the air, covering Cooper and Daniella with white powder. Cooper gets a bit frantic and crazed as she breaths the stuff in.

Other Negative Elements

[Spoiler Warning] You might have noticed that earlier in this review I said that through most of the film, Rose tries to do the right thing. Unfortunately, in the end she compromises some of her integrity by illegally removing items from an evidence locker.

Also, some of this pic's gags cross over into crude, including a lengthy discussion about menstrual cycles.


There's no denying that this buddy-based road comedy hits the screen with some Mutt and Jeff-style, silly slapstick potential in its tank. Reese Witherspoon can easily pull off the cute and guileless straight man, er, straight girl role. And Sofía Vergara has honed her curvaceous va-va-voom-with-a-broken-English-caterwaul shtick to sitcom perfection.

But the engine starts sputtering almost right away. Everything's far too goofy and foolish to be smart, and nothing's nearly absurd enough to register as farce. Instead, the pic contents itself with weaving back and forth down the obstacle-laden median—hoping crude gags, tired put-downs, vapid sexual nonsense, lots of awkward pratfalls and quite a bit more than cursory looks at Vergara's curves will keep audiences revved up.

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range



Reese Witherspoon as Cooper; Sofía Vergara as Daniella Riva; Matthew Del Negro as Detective Hauser; Michael Mosley as Detective Dixon; John Carroll Lynch as Captain Emmett; Richard T. Jones as Detective Jackson


Anne Fletcher ( )


Warner Bros.



Record Label



In Theaters

May 8, 2015

On Video

August 11, 2015

Year Published



Bob Hoose

Content Caution

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!