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

Lady is accustomed to a life of doggie luxury. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, bathe her regularly, give her treats and treat her like the center of their world.

Until things start to change.

One day, Lady meets an unwelcomed visitor trying to escape the local dog catcher, a mangy mutt named Tramp. He tells her why her owners have started to give her less attention: A baby is on the way.

Once a baby comes in, he says, the dog always goes out. And though she’s hesitant to believe Tramp, Lady can’t help but admit that she’s slowly being forgotten.

Sadly, Lady’s fears come to life when Jim Dear and Darling take their baby girl, Lulu, on a family trip. Left with Darling’s mean Aunt Sarah and her two conniving Siamese cats, Lady believes that she’s been abandoned and runs off to escape her horrible new reality.

And who better to run into than the king of the streets: Tramp. Fearless and independent, Tramp takes Lady on a stroll through the city, teaching her that it’s better to be free and by yourself than trapped by a fence.

Lady nearly believes him, but she can’t shake that feeling of loyalty and her heart’s call that says the only things that really matter in life are family and love.

Positive Elements

Lady, a sassy, independent cocker spaniel teaches mutt Tramp the values of love, dependence and family. Although Tramp attempts to withdraw from any form of affection, Lady recognizes that he’s been badly damaged by rejection and abandonment. So she encourages Tramp to see that humans can also be loyal. Lady also saves Tramp, twice, from being taken to the pound.

Tramp teaches Lady to enjoy life and to be passionate. Tramp saves Lulu, the baby of Jim Dear and Darling, from a mean rat. Tramp attempts to right his wrongs.

Lady, while she believes her family might not want her for a short time, learns that her owners still love her and value her. Similarly, dogs from the pound are adopted and slowly begin to believe that they are worthy of love and a family.

Lady’s friends, Jock and Trusty, help Lady rescue Tramp after they realize they’ve misjudged him as “mangy, dirty and dangerous.”

Spiritual Content

Darling sings a Christmas song about the “spirit of love” and the “child of peace.”

Sexual Content

Tramp and Lady eat a romantic spaghetti together and “kiss” accidentally while slurping up the same noodle. Elsewhere, Lady and Tramp cuddle and Lady accidentally falls on Tramp. Tramp tries to flirt with a female poodle but the dog’s husband tells him to back off. Jock loses her doggie outfit and says she dislikes running “stark naked” through the streets.

A woman hits a man with a book, believing he tried to smell her (Tramp is actually the one who sniffs the woman). Another woman believes a man is flirting with her, when he’s really complimenting Lady’s beauty.

Violent Content

Dogs at the pound seem to believe that once they leave through “the one-way door,” they’re killed (this isn’t true of course, as the door is just the exit from the pound).

Tramp tries to save baby Lulu from a rat and is injured (we see him spotted with blood and the dead rat lying on the floor). Baby Lulu’s crib is knocked over while she’s inside. Tramp and a dog catcher are thrown from a moving carriage.

Crude or Profane Language

We hear the phrases “oh my gosh” and “dang it,” along with “fool” and “darn.” A store owner calls Tramp a “mangy mutt.”

Drug and Alcohol Content

Jim Dear and his friends celebrate the birth of his newborn baby with alcoholic drinks.

Other Negative Elements

Tramp believes that it’s OK to steal your dinner and to be a loner, something he prides himself on when he’s really covering up the fact that he was abandoned. Tramp’s insecurities come out elsewhere as he has a hard time learning to trust and depend on others. Additionally, Tramp tries to convince Lady that her owners won’t love her once their baby is born. (And we should note that Tramp’s abandonment issues could also be a trigger for adopted or foster children who’ve gone through similar rejection and/or abandonment themselves.)

Darling’s Aunt Sarah makes a few rude comments to Jim and Darling about their home and Jim’s choice to be a musician. Aunt Sarah’s conniving cats ruin Lady’s home and blame Lady for the destruction. Afterward, Aunt Sarah punishes Lady harshly by placing a muzzle on her.

Scottish Terrier Jock tells Trusty, a bloodhound, that he has mouth “incontinence” after he insults her. A few strays think it’s acceptable to steal food. A dog jokes about vomiting, passing gas and marking your territory on a fire hydrant. A doctor makes a sarcastic comment.

Conclusion

Based on the 1955 animated film of the same name, this live-action reboot of Lady and the Tramp has joined the ever-expanding collection of Disney remakes.

Releasing directly to Disney+, this classic tale is a sweet retelling of Lady’s adventures with her pal Tramp, albeit with a lot more CGI and perhaps a little less enchantment. There are still songs aplenty, but the film certainly doesn’t have quite the same affectionate feel.

But that’ doesn’t make it a bad movie. In fact, there’s a lot of good here. Lessons on love, family and loyalty bark loudly as Lady teaches Tramp how to value others and himself. And even though little ones might not be quite as captivated with this remake, there are still plenty of heart-warming moments and smiles to go around for the whole family.

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

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Tessa Thompson as the voice of Lady; Justin Theroux as the voice of Tramp; Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty; Ashley Jensen as the voice of Jock; Janelle Monáe as the voice of Peg; Benedict Wong as voice of Bull; Thomas Mann as Jim Dear; Kiersey Clemons as Darling; Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah; Adrian Martinez as Elliott; F. Murray Abraham as Tony; Arturo Castro as Joe

Director

Charlie Bean ( )

Distributor

Disney+

Network

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

In Theaters

November 12, 2019

On Video

November 12, 2019

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Kristin Smith

Content Caution

Kids
Teens
Adults
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!