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

I was a very young boy when NBC premiered its campy series about a park ranger and his two kids being transported by raft to a prehistoric world populated by creepy lizard men, a slightly less creepy caveboy, crystal pylons and the ever-present threat of a tyrannosaur's snapping jaws jutting into the makeshift cave they called home. It was a bit scary, but, man, I loved it. Especially the last line of the catchy, banjo-picked theme song: "To the la-aaa-aaaannd ... of the lo-ah-ost."

Thirty-three years after the last big-eyed Sleestak shuffled into the jungle, the franchise is back. Marshall. Holly. Will. Chaka. The Sleestak lizard men and the dinosaurs. They're all back.

But this reloaded version isn't quite how I remember it.

This time, Rick Marshall is a paleontologist with a crazy theory about time travel. After spending millions of taxpayers' dollars on his so-called "tachyon amplifier," Marshall's failure to open a portal in the space-time continuum earns him nothing but ridicule—especially from skeptical Today show host Matt Lauer.

One person, however, believes in Marshall's theory: British scientist Holly Cantrell. Holly convinces Marshall to complete his work on the time-travel device, and the pair drives into the desert to test it, searching for the strongest tachyon signal.

They locate said signal near a dilapidated amusement park ride. Proprietor Will Stanton offers to guide them through Devil's Canyon Mystery Cave on—what else?—a raft. And about as quickly as you can say tachyon amplifier, they get catapulted down a cascading cataract into a world where time and space—and quite a few other nasty things—collide.

The trio's ensuing misadventures introduce them to exiled caveboy Chaka, a meanspirited dino they dub Grumpy and a pair of Sleestak lizard men who each claim the other plans to use the (now lost) time-bending contraption to rule the universe.

Only by relocating the tachyon amplifier can Marshall, Will and Holly put an end to the nefarious plot—and get home. If, that is, they can keep from being eaten by Grumpy.


Positive Elements

Holly proves to be quite an encouragement for Marshall. Marshall, Will and Holly keep Chaka from being executed. Holly, in particular, treats Chaka compassionately. Marshall acts as if Chaka is his slave for most of the movie, but eventually confesses, "I've treated you like a toilet."

[Spoiler Warning] Will feels more at home in the prehistoric world than he does in ours, and he volunteers to stay behind so that Marshall and Holly can escape.

Spiritual Content

Marshall says his love for Chaka is "a billion times greater than the love that Jesus Christ had for mankind on the cross." Will tells several of Chaka's people, the Pakuni, to "prepare to bow down and worship" him.

Sexual Content

Here's a bunch of stuff that wasn't on TV three decades ago: As Holly talks to Chaka, he suggestively paws at her breasts. Will then mimics Chaka's behavior. Chaka's hand is again on her (covered) breast while the group sleeps. When Marshall, Will and Chaka awake one morning, they're positioned in an arrangement that suggests a sexual threesome.

Chaka takes Will to his village where the females are all human looking and are clothed only in loincloths. Five or six women attend to Will, their hair minimally covering their chests and their loincloths barely obscuring their backsides.

Marshall, Will and Chaka go for a dip in a motel swimming pool that's been sucked into the prehistoric world. (The camera focuses on Marshall in his wet underclothes.) In another scene, Holly tears off the legs of her pants, turning them into short shorts. She also wears a cleavage-enhancing tank top that the camera ogles several times, as do Marshall, Will and Chaka. Marshall brags to Matt Lauer about Holly being his lover.

Talk—and a few visuals—revolve around sexual favors, sexual self-gratification, a coffee cup with breasts, a firework Will calls a "Mexican vasectomy," "gay" music and Cialis. Suggestive comments are made at Holly's expense. As Marshall and Will watch, two Sleestaks have sex (offscreen), an event Will describes in crude anatomical terms.

Violent Content

The most intense violence in Land of the Lost almost always maintains a comedic feel. Still, several shots of Grumpy pursuing the film's heroes involve ferocious snapping and biting. A character gets swallowed whole, and Grumpy apparently eats an unfortunate astronaut as well. A small army of Sleestaks are no match for the marauding dinosaur either. He hurls some through the air and sweeps others aside with his tail.

Similarly, a score of small dinosaurs, larger Velociraptors, Grumpy and an angry Allosaurus make quick work of an unfortunate ice cream delivery man when his truck gets yanked through the tachyon portal. Marshall, Will and Holly launch a bottle of liquid nitrogen down a dinosaur's throat. It freezes, then explodes, blowing chunks of red dino meat everywhere. This scene, especially, parallels what moviegoers saw in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Other violence includes Marshall's hand-to-hand melee with a Sleestak leader, Will kicking a Sleestak in the crotch, Holly being suspended in a cage above a pool of lava, and several Sleestaks plunging into that lava and getting vaporized.

Marshall attacks Matt Lauer, but gets repelled by a fire extinguisher. We see the rotted corpses of two people. A huge crab explodes. A giant insect sucks a massive amount of blood from Marshall before exploding when he lays down on it. (Marshall has a huge blood blister on his back afterward.)

Crude or Profane Language

One f-word, about 10 s-words, 30-plus misuses of God's name (including two pairings with "d--n") and two misuses of Jesus' name. Characters say "h---," "d--n," "p---," "b--ch," "b--tard" and "a--" about 40 times (combined). We hear such vulgar or sexually suggestive phrases as "suck it" and "that blows." Crude slang is attached to male and female anatomy.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Marshall, Will and Chaka partake of a hallucinogenic plant and get very stoned. We see a man drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette. Marshall tries to smoke a pipe, twice, on two different airings of the Today show.

Other Negative Elements

Marshall believes saturating himself with dinosaur urine will keep other predators from locating him. He pours several gallons of the stuff he's collected—a disgusting story in its own right—over his head and face. He drinks some as well. We hear that a character eaten by a T. rex survived after being excreted. Holly extracts a dino egg from a pile of dino dung.

Marshall says that if the group can't find enough to eat, they can "slow roast" Chaka. Will uses Chaka as a battering ram, with one hand embedded in Chaka's furry backside. We learn that Chaka was to be executed for "pooping in the village well."


Nostalgia is a powerful thing—even when it comes to a silly little live-action TV series from 1974-76 that only ran for 43 episodes. And you'd better believe that this film's creators are counting on older moviegoers seeing the ads and saying, "Aw, I remember Land of the Lost. I loved that show. Let's go see the movie! We'll take the kids!"

Anyone who acts on that impulse, however, will discover too late that this particular Land is waaayyyy more Lost than its campy '70s namesake.

Sadly, the show's original producers, Sid and Marty Krofft, don't seem much bothered by the sullying of their franchise with nearly bare breasts and backsides, repeated gropings of Holly's chest, visual allusions to homosexual sex, Sleestak sex, urine showers, drug abuse and 100 or so bad words.

In a recent Washington Post article, Sid Krofft commented, "Sid and Marty Krofft have always moved with the times, and when you go to see Land of the Lost the movie, you will see that we brought it up to the year 2009." Um, Sid, that's not necessarily something to be proud of. I'd much rather have seen the pair hang on to the ethos that guided them three decades ago, when Sid said that their shows were about "teaching children a lesson." That consideration apparently didn't figure much in their creative process this time around.

For his part, director Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) believes the movie's violence is actually a bigger issue for younger viewers than its sexual content. When Movies Online writer Sheila Roberts asked him, "What age are you aiming for in an audience," the director replied, "Kids a whole lot younger than 10 to me would be kids that parents really think are not going to be scared. ... So I think it's probably up to the parents." Then he added, "It's funny, innuendo seems to fly over kids' heads."

Whether or not the movie's occasionally jump-inducing (but still mostly comedic) violence is a bigger issue than its frequent sexual allusions, Silberling's plan for his own family is telling: "My daughter's 8 and certainly [is] not going to come and see the movie."

Collider.com's Steve Weintraub echoed that sentiment. His observations sum up Land of the Lost's problematic content so well that I'll close with them: "I saw a screening and have to say ... it's a lot dirtier than I expected. In fact, I was quite surprised at how much they got away with for a PG-13 movie. If you thought this was going to be some safe family film, you're in for a surprise."

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes




Readability Age Range



Will Ferrell as Rick Marshall; Anna Friel as Holly Cantrell; Danny McBride as Will Stanton; Jorma Taccone as Chaka; John Boylan as Enik; Leonard Nimoy as The Zarn; Matt Lauer as Himself


Universal Pictures



Record Label



In Theaters

June 5, 2009

On Video

October 13, 2009

Year Published



Adam R. Holz

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!