See if this scenario sounds familiar.
It’s the weekend and time for a break. You decide to take in a movie – thinking it will provide a much needed oasis from the weekly grind. That is, if you survive the shock of the ever-increasing ticket price. Two weeks ago, the boys and I spent $25 for three drinks and a large popcorn. Yikes!
If you’ve got kids, and they stayed home, you’ve paid a babysitter a small fortune as well.
Juggling the beverage and snack, you settle into your seat for that “must see” film which a friend recommended. Maybe it’s the violence . . . the sensuality . . . the rapid-fire profanity. But somewhere into the flick, you find yourself wondering about the values of that buddy who told you they’d seen it – twice. Maybe you stick it out – after all, you’ve already invested so much.
Then again, maybe you didn’t know that most theaters will give you your money back, or at least offer a complimentary voucher for a future movie, if you decided to leave early and express your concerns with the manager. On the way home, you kick yourself for a wasted night – an evening that could have been much better had the film been worth your time and money.
There’s a better way.
Although Focus on the Family has been offering movie reviews for years, I’m amazed to learn of folks who aren’t aware of this service. Our PluggedIn team does a fantastic job offering you the good, the bad, and the honest truth about what you’ll see before you see it. What’s more, these reviews are up-to-date and available online.
But don’t take it from just me. Here’s what others are saying:
“Let me say that I am not a Christian. I received a link to your site from someone who was basically saying ‘Look at what these crazy people believe about a particular movie.’ I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. You reviewed the content of the film and even tried to point out a couple of ‘somewhat positive’ aspects . . . which amazed me, since the movie was quite vulgar. Your approach is as balanced and fair as I could expect, and is sorely needed. In my opinion, your reviews are wonderful and useful even for us non-Christians, because I think most people, no matter their background, care about what their kids are exposed to in the media. The Plugged In site presents this information without taking the aggressive, demeaning or sarcastic tone that seems to characterize many other review sites. I wish I had found this resource sooner.”
Here’s another thumbs-up from an unexpected Plugged In fan:
“First, let me start out by affirming that I am a homosexual. After reading your review of the movie Brokeback Mountain, I wanted to thank you for giving an honest opinion of the movie that does not promote hate mongering. Instead, you outlined your beliefs and those of your intended audience. While I don’t agree with your views, I understand your perspective. I wanted to give you profound thanks for providing people with an honest review without perpetuating prejudice. Plugged In remains a quality publication, with honest reviews that don’t promote hate, and I appreciate your work.”
Planning to see a movie?
Why not start by getting Plugged In.