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.


    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

The Mob has grown old and moved to Miami Beach. "OldFellas" Bobby, Bats, Brick and Mouth are geriatric gangsters trying to figure out what to do now that they’re eligible for senior citizen’s discounts (they never expected to live so long). To get a little fun back in their lives, and to drive away the influx of hated yuppie youngsters that has begun to invade their neighborhood, the quartet stages a grisly murder in the lobby of the Raj Mahal, a senior-citizen residence hotel. The man is already dead when they shoot him, but that doesn’t matter much when it turns out he is the elderly and senile father of a big-time Latin American drug lord. So in between ogling the nearly naked females who cavort on the beach, these old gangsters find themselves drawn back into the invigorating life they loved so much—drugs, guns, violence and death.

positive elements: Bobby regrets abandoning his family and not being there for his daughter as she grew up ("I put the wrong family first and ended up doing some time upstate"). He has since made it a personal quest to find his daughter and try to make it up to her somehow.

spiritual content: None.

sexual content: Three words: dirty old men. The Crew is chock full of lust, lascivious remarks, partial nudity and sex. Many of the film’s scenes take place in a strip club. That’s where Mouth meets a working girl named Ferris, who he pays for an ongoing sexual relationship (one elongated scene shows the two in bed together). Ferris spends most of her screen time clothed in underwear, sleazy street clothes or her "stripping costumes." Once, Mouth throws coins at a pair of topless sunbathers to get them to turn over so he can see their breasts. The startled girls oblige. A flashback scene shows Mouth sitting at a restaurant, receiving oral sex from two girls who are concealed under the table. Gay humor about Bats and Brick falling in love with each other caps the film right before the credits role.

violent content: These retired wise guys burn down a couple of houses, instigate a bloody final shootout with the drug lord and blow up a truck. Bats bludgeons a man with a baseball bat, and when his supervisor at Burger King reprimands him, he breaks his fingers. He even tries to hit a young woman when she innocently inquires about vacancies at the hotel. Bobby breaks a beer bottle over Bats’ head, drowns him in a toilet, then gives him mouth to mouth. An earlier altercation on a boat between he and Bats results in Bats falling overboard and drowning (he’s resuscitated in an ambulance). Violent threats, fist fights, chokings, hangings, shootings and other such violence are all routine. Not that any of it is serious. This is not The Sopranos. Everything here is a spoof, a joke or a gag.

crude or profane language: What’s a mobster movie without foul language, right? At least, that’s what the filmmakers obviously thought. One f-word and nearly 20 s-words are kicked around among streams of other profanities. On top of that, Jesus’ name is abused several times.

drug and alcohol content: Characters consume beer, wine and mixed drinks. Ferris and Mouth both smoke incessantly.

other negative elements: The four men in the Crew are shown urinating together on the beach. Later, viewers observe Bobby going to the bathroom in his apartment.

conclusion:"Tired, listless and anemic," writes Michael O'Sullivan in the Washington Post. I’d like to add to that, "rude, crude and useless." To producer Barry Josephson, however, there was a point to be made. "We’ve all seen the virile wiseguys of GoodFellas or The Godfather, but we never asked the question of what happens when these guys are past their prime." With the soaring popularity of Mob material on TV and on the big screen (thanks largely to HBO’s The Sopranos, lots of folks will stream into the theater wanting to find out what grumpy old men from the Mob really look like. Whether they get the joke or not, they’ll be in for an eyeful.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


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





Burt Reynolds as Joey "Bats" Pistella; Richard Dreyfuss as Bobby Bartellemeo; Dan Hedaya as Mike the Brick; Seymour Cassel as Tony "The Mouth" Donatoz; Carrie-Anne Moss as Detective Olivia Neal; Jennifer Tilly as Ferris "aka Maureen" Lowenstein; Lannie Kazan as Pepper Lowenstein


Michael Dinner ( )


Disney/Buena Vista



Record Label



In Theaters

On Video

Year Published



Steven Isaac

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!