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

Susan Cooper is a secret agent. Well, at least she's secret in the sense that no one really knows who she is. Or cares.

Sure, she works for the CIA. But she's stationed in its basement, tethered to a barrage of computers and confined to a strictly supporting role, technologically bonded to super-suave, out-in-the-field agent Bradley Fine.

Cooper is the key grip to Fine's Martin Scorsese, the eyebrow-plucker for Fine's Kim Kardashian. From his exquisitely tailored tuxedos to his lethal haymaker to his penchant for glib one-liners, Fine just oozes "spy." Cooper oozes, um, organizational skills? If there's a thug hiding around the corner, she warns Fine. If there's a plethora of ne'er-do-wells chasing him, she'll call in a convenient air strike. She sees what he sees, hears what he hears and knows way more than he knows. Fine might look mighty fine in a tux. But it's Coop's job to make sure the sucker doesn't get wrinkled.

Coop can't detect everything, of course. One night when Fine is slinking around a suspiciously unguarded villainous hideout, he's ambushed and unceremoniously dispatched. Suddenly, the suavest spy this side of MI6 is gone. His quarry—beautiful terrorist Rayna Boyanov—is on the loose with a suitcase-size nuclear bomb and plans to sell the thing to the highest bidder. Oh, and she knows the identity of every CIA field agent there is.

Well, this is a deep-fried state fair pickle, isn't it? If Rayna knows what every CIA spook looks like, who can they send to catch her? A Kingsman? Surely you jest! A guy from U.N.C.L.E.? Nah, that would smack of nepotism. Who in this whole wide world of ours would be secret enough and gullible enough to take the job and—

Susan Cooper gingerly volunteers. And despite the tittering amongst the (ahem) real spies in the room, she makes a good case for herself. Technically, she is an agent. And she is the closest of closely held secrets. Why, her own employers barely remember her name, so Rayna certainly won't be familiar with her. Cooper knows how the CIA works, too. It's not like she just sits around and pets cats all day.

So with no better options, the CIA sends Coop to Paris with an ambitious first mission: Save the world and avenge one of the agency's best spies—a guy she secretly loved. And if she succeeds, maybe the world will see that she makes a pretty fine spy, too.

Positive Elements

Hey, who's gonna knock someone for trying to save the world? Not this movie reviewer. I'm all for anyone who does her best to keep nuclear bombs from being sold to terrorists. The fact that Cooper doesn't have much experience in the world-saving business makes her work yet more inspirational. Not every desk jockey would feel so comfortable engaging in hand-to-hand combat with trained assassins and leaping onto flying helicopters. I, for instance, regularly turn down those sorts of assignments.

Spiritual Content

During Fine's memorial service, a CIA bigwig says that "knowing the universe has a plan for each human life" does not make Fine's passing any easier.

Sexual Content

In looking through pictures on an evildoer's cellphone, Coop and some other CIA associates stumble across pics of someone's penis. (We see one.) And we see two men (from a distance) engaging in an oral sex act in the street.

Coop is paired with a creepy Italian operative named Aldo who gropes her breasts and rear, tries to force French kisses on her and serves as pretty much a walking definition of sexual harassment and/or assault—all, naturally, in the name of laughs. It gets so bad in a couple of places that the verbal and visual gags include references to both ejaculation and penetration.

There are quantities of other crude comments about sexual acts, erections and porn as well. Italian men hoot and make apparently ribald comments (in Italian) at passing females, including Coop. Coop complains that one of her secret identities makes her look like "someone's homophobic aunt."

Violent Content

In her very first mission melee, Cooper breaks a guy's leg, throwing him off a building and onto a piece of rebar, which pierces his chest before he's stabbed with a falling knife. In another fight, she stabs a woman in the hand (grotesquely shown in near loving, slow-motion detail). The woman then pulls the knife out and proceeds to use it as her own weapon.

People get whacked with pots and other cooking implements. We see lots of flying punches, kicks, choke holds and other bone-crunching, body-bruising moves. At least two foes are killed in these frenetic fights, both getting their backs snapped when crashing to the ground at awkward angles. Others are shot in the head (causing death) or shoulders or stomach (causing serious injury). Someone falls out of a helicopter after getting gunned down. A bomb explodes.

Coop saves Rayna from a poisoned drink, after which Rayna forces another perp to drink it. (The concoction causes his throat to dissolve.) After several people die on Rayna's private jet, Coop, flying the thing, causes the bodies to bash into Rayna several times. We hear about arms getting ripped off, agents playing around with ingesting poisons, etc.

Crude or Profane Language

Nearly 100 f-words, about 30 s-words and a generous allotment of other profanities, including "a--," "d--n," "h---" and "bloody." The c-word gets used once, along with other crude-to-obscene terms for sexual body parts. God's name is misused about 40 times, several times with "d--n." Jesus' name is abused a dozen times.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Characters drink wine, champagne and whiskey. A few smoke.

Other Negative Elements

A recently deceased man defecates in his pants (on top of Rayna). Coop is also said to have soiled her pants. She vomits voluminously, splashing the stuff on a corpse. People lie, steal and drive recklessly. Most of Coop's spy gadgets are disguised in the form of embarrassing personal products, including stool softeners, hemorrhoid wipes and bunion removal gear. A scene takes place in an upscale gambling hall. Rayna refers to Coop's outfit as "an abortion of a dress."


I like Melissa McCarthy. I like spy movies. As such, I wanted to like this Melissa McCarthy spy movie. It has a promising cast, what with Jude Law as a James Bond knockoff and Jason Statham taking his super-tough shtick and turning it toward the (more) ludicrous.

But while Spy made me smile a time or two, most of its humor is predicated on McCarthy and Co. getting horrifically obscene. Or gross. It seems as though the entire movie was built around the idea of audiences giggling and gasping, "Did you hear what she just said?!"

You know, even if I was the type of person to find profanity funny in the first place (and I'm not), the joke would still be getting a little old. Paul Feig pumped this same well for Bridesmaids (for which McCarthy won an Academy Award). He returned to it in the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat. And here we are again. The same words, employed in the same way, by the same person. It's the same jagged joke told 50 times in the same movie. Dude, even funny jokes get pretty threadbare after a while. And I've heard enough of this particular punchline to last the rest of my career.

McCarthy is a gifted comedienne with a bewildering number of tools at her disposal. You see hints of some of her other talents here … but too few and too rarely.

Even the best comics are sometimes defined by one trademark or skit. Abbot and Costello will always be known for "Who's on First?" Harpo Marx will forever be associated with his harp and horn. But I hope that when it comes down to penning McCarthy's legacy there's more to it than one unprintable word.

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



Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper; Rose Byrne as Rayna Boyanov; Jude Law as Bradley Fine; Jason Statham as Rick Ford; Miranda Hart as Nancy Artingstall; Allison Janney as Elaine; Peter Serafinowicz as Aldo


Paul Feig ( )


20th Century Fox



Record Label



In Theaters

June 5, 2015

On Video

September 29, 2015

Year Published



Paul Asay

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!