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

You could line up the jokes from here to the moon. I’ll submit just one. Space Cowboys is Armageddon on Geritol. The four members of Air Force Team Daedalus were slated to comprise the first US "outer atmosphere exploration" mission in 1958. Hit-and-miss success in test runs and a bad track record for keeping planes intact contributed to their being sidelined in favor of a "new civilian operation," namely, NASA. Forty years later, Team Daedalus is called back together (amid myriad "old-timer" quips) to perform a critical repair on Ikon, a Russian satellite with antiquated technology and a rapidly decaying orbit. Around this point the plot turns quite tenuously, as it is beyond belief that a shuttle crew would be sent into space with as little information about the object of their repair efforts as has Team Daedalus. Plot weaknesses notwithstanding, Frank, Hawk, Jerry and Tank complete the mission with gusto, even though the communications satellite turns out to be more than they bargained for.

positive elements: The "old guys" take their aging well and are, in fact, the originators of many of the good-natured jokes about their age. In the end, they prove that they’re still aware and capable, and that the wisdom of years is not to be discounted. Frank learns, after forty years of getting it wrong, to be a team player. A longstanding grudge is righted. Young astronauts and engineers learn that technology is not the answer to every crisis situation. Experience and common sense are valued over degrees and titles. Gerson learns that trying to cover up a past mistake eventually brings consequences. Self-sacrifice is seen as the only answer to an otherwise hopeless situation.

spiritual content: Since leaving the Air Force, Tank has become a country church pastor. At first it seems that his relationship with God is as dry as his sermons (Frank finds him in the middle of one at his small church). Tank’s response when Frank asks him to rejoin Team Daedalus is, "I’m receiving a word from on high. The word is, ‘Why the he-- not?’" Through the rest of the film, however, Tank is portrayed in a positive (albeit somewhat flat) light. Before the shuttle lifts off with Team Daedalus inside, Frank respectfully asks Tank to pray.

sexual content: No shown or even implied sex. But Jerry is and always has been a ladies’ man. The opening sequence shows him with a 1958 Playboy (very tame by today’s standards, but it’s still Playboy). In a positive display of romance, Frank takes advantage of being accidentally locked in a dark garage and uses it as an opportunity to be affectionate with his wife. Rear male nudity is shown as the guys receive their NASA physicals, complete with all the innuendo and embarrassment of having a female doctor as the attending physician.

violent content: Frank and Hawk take their longstanding disagreement outside to "settle it" with a schoolboy fight. A couple of black eyes later, the two nonchalantly return to work. A prideful decision by one crew member causes explosions that injure himself and another man.

crude or profane language: Persistent mild profanity along with about 20 s-words easily earn this film its PG-13 rating.

drug and alcohol content: Frank drinks a beer while studying satellite guidance system plans to solve the Ikon problem. During a night off from mission training, the guys hit the bar, though no one becomes inebriated.

other negative elements: Blackmail is a significant plot-driver. Gerson and Frank have had it in for each other since Gerson pulled Team Daedalus off the space project 40 years previously. Now Frank knows that he (as Skylab’s guidance system designer) is the only one who can fix Ikon, and he holds it over Gerson’s head to buy himself a ticket into space. Also, in the “gross-out” category, be warned: a teenaged boy loses his lunch (in disgustingly slow motion) when Hawk takes him for a wild plane ride.

conclusion: While Space Cowboys tenaciously reminds younger generations that “gray-beards” often have more to offer than we give them credit for, I feel I need to risk spoiling a bit of the plot to bring up one final important point. Hawk, who is dying of pancreatic cancer, gives his life to save the rest of the team and possibly the earth. But his sacrificial death isn’t as clear-cut as it seems. If moviegoers stop to think about it at all, it could lead to either of two conclusions: a) people with great physical weaknesses or disabilities can still be heroes, or b) it’s okay that he died, because his life was already fading anyway. I wouldn’t say that the latter conclusion is the one that director Clint Eastwood intended to inspire, but given current cultural programming, it’s easy to come away with that feeling. And that kind of thinking has serious implications for how we regard the sanctity of life. Still, it’s the perpetual conversational swearing that keeps this mission on the ground for families.

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



Clint Eastwood as Frank Corvin; Tommy Lee Jones as Hawk Hawkins; Donald Sutherland as Jerry O’Neil; James Garner as Tank Sullivan; James Cromwell as Bob Gerson


Clint Eastwood ( )


Warner Bros.



Record Label



In Theaters

On Video

Year Published



Lindy Keffer

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!