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

Special Agent Alex Scott is a Grade-A, USDA-approved goofball. Every assignment he’s sent on degenerates into a huge fiasco. Take his latest, for example: he was to sneak through a snow-choked mountain ridge in Uzbekistan, find a traitorous U.S. pilot who absconded with an experimental jet—The Switchblade—and bring him back alive. Easy stuff for a highly-trained spy, right? Not for Alex. After triggering an avalanche and losing the pilot in a firefight, his professional life is in shambles. His colleague, Carlos, on the other hand, has all the luck. He gets handed all the latest and greatest gadgets while Alex has to make do with equipment that looks like it was cobbled together by an electronics geek from the 1970s. The powers-that-be adore Carlos’ spotless record while barely tolerating Alex’s slipshod performance. Women weep and swoon when Carlos enters a room. They barely know Alex exists. That goes double for the lovely Rachel, who has just been assigned a role as Alex’s partner.

While Alex may be profoundly inept, he did manage to learn one key piece of information from the pilot before he died: arms dealer Arnold Gundars has The Switchblade and is planning to auction it off to the highest bidder. So it’s probably no coincidence that Gundars has packed his Hungarian mansion with armed goons and invited the most notorious international criminals to a party and secret auction. The plan is simple. Gundars has invited champion boxer Kelly Robinson to battle Hungary’s prize fighter. Rachel and Alex will pose as Kelly’s assistants and find the plane. That is, if they can handle the haughty boxer’s constant showboating. And if Alex doesn’t mess everything up at a crucial moment. And if they could actually see the plane when they find it. (Did I mention it’s invisible not only to radar, but also to the naked eye?)

positive elements: After much mutual antagonism, Alex and Kelly eventually work out a grudging respect, each aiding the other when he’s in need. While mostly played for laughs, Kelly’s constant self-congratulation and egotism is frowned upon. Gundars’ theft and sale of The Switchblade, and the various bidders’ evil actions and plans (such as genocide and nuclear war) are portrayed negatively.

spiritual content: Kelly occasionally refers to himself as "semi-psychic," but is quick to say he’s "no Miss Cleo."

sexual content: Sexual anatomy references abound. When Kelly gets recruited for the mission he refers to himself as "009 1/2." While receiving his bulky spy camera, Alex notes that size matters to spies, but in reverse. Twice, captured men are threatened with having their genitals cut off. Kelly jokes about edible underwear, threesomes and picking up strangers for casual sex. He’s also constantly surrounded by a throng of barely-clad tarts. A running gag involves a rumor about Rachel and Carlos sleeping together during a long stakeout. After hearing it, Alex begs to be assigned to such a stakeout with her. During a brawl, Rachel ends up accidentally straddling Alex, much to his delight. One overly long scene involves Kelly coaching Alex on how to seduce Rachel using high-tech hearing and vision implants that allow each to sense what the other experiences. It culminates with talk about misogynistic sex, sadomasochistic foreplay and shots of Rachel in her panties (she also unbuttons her shirt).

violent content: Gun battles, fisticuffs and chases are common, but not overly graphic. Blood and gore appear only rarely and in small amounts. While in Uzbekistan, Alex is pursued by Russian soldiers and a tracer-spitting tank. Alex accidentally pulls a man out of the snow by his broken leg. Fast edits and exotic camera angles add intensity to Kelly’s boxing matches. A band of masked goons kidnap a man off a street corner; later they’re caught by surprise and shot down. Alex sticks a tranquilizer dart into an airplane pilot’s back and sends the plane into a nosedive. At one point, Alex and Kelly brawl. An immobilized man is repeatedly beaten and then stabbed in the leg. A long pursuit by Gundars’ men involves lots of gunplay, scary heights, crashing cars and explosions. Kelly and Alex are ambushed in a steam room by automatic weapon-toting thugs. The resulting battle ends in a fiery conflagration. A rigged car explodes. A plane crashes. Men are repeatedly kicked in the groin. A man is electrocuted. Alex, Owen and Gundars’ cronies blast at one another with machine guns.

crude or profane language: I-Spy is a crude mess featuring over 100 profanities and crudities (more than 50 of which are the s-word). The Lord’s name is abused about half-a-dozen times.

drug and alcohol content: Champagne flows at Gundars’ party. Hard liquor is seen on a plane. Rachel has a martini. Gundars offers a cigar to a bidder.

other negative elements: While stealing a car, Kelly mentions that he was a car thief before he was a boxer. He also keeps his fighting entourage in the dark about the nature of their trip by saying that Alex is President Bush’s retarded nephew. Alex deceives Kelly a number of times to gain his compliance. Music played under the closing credits features muffled profanities and orgasmic moaning.

conclusion: Do you have fond memories of I-Spy on TV? Keep them that way by avoiding this movie. If you like plots that require you to not only suspend disbelief, but lynch it and hang it in the town square at high noon, I-Spy does the job. This movie has holes a pudgy pachyderm could waltz gracefully through. But families looking for decent entertainment had better duck and cover. Boorish behavior, crude language and violent drama consume every onscreen minute.

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





Owen Wilson as Alex Scott; Eddie Murphy as Kelly Robinson; Famke Janssen as Rachel; Malcolm McDowell as Arnold; Gary Cole as Carlos


Betty Thomas ( )


Columbia Pictures



Record Label



In Theaters

On Video

Year Published



Loren Eaton

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!