My family was excited when we found this movie at the library. A Christian example of courtship?! It sounded great! But when we actually sat down to watch this movie, it didn't meet our expectations. Because this movie addresses the area of romantic relationships, I thought it fit into Project Love. =)
"Former frat boy, Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder), has given up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern town. There, he has become notorious for his theories on love and romance as well as his devout beliefs. When Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas. Together, they attempt the impossible: an old fashioned courtship in contemporary America."
By Pure Flix
Directed by: Rik Swartzwelder
Okay, so somehow we didn't see that the movie was PG-13 and did see that it was made by Pure Flix. We assumed that Pure Flix would make pure, family-friendly movies. Well, it wasn't.
First of all, the Lord's Name was taken in vain a handful of times. For me, that's enough to completely skip a movie. There wasn't as much foul language as many other movies, but really? In a Christian movie?
And then there was the adult content. Scenes of drinking and partying were scattered throughout the film. The movie focused too much on the topic of impurity and had sexual content. It made me squeamish, and I could tell that this was made for adults. I'm not going to get in detail, but it isn't a family-friendly movie. (As an older teen, I would have preferred not watching it either)
If all that hasn't turned you away (haha), the Biblical standards weren't very good. Although the cover references the passage in 1 Corinthians 13 (love is patient, love is kind), they never mentioned it. And (spoiler in white) the Christian character ends up becoming romantic with an unbelieving woman. She mentions once about Jesus' forgiveness...but nothing else. There is no radical change seen in the movie. This seems to contradict the verses in 2 Corinthians 6 that tell believers to not be unequally yoked. (end of spoiler)
I feel like I'm sounding incredibly negative in this review. I do applaud the attempt that Pure Flix made to tell a Christian romance story. But for multiple reasons, I think they could have done better. Although this would be an okay movie for adults to watch, it didn't portray a Christian courtship well, in my opinion. Those of my family who watched it all agreed that Old Fashioned wasn't what it boasted to be.
I couldn't watch this movie again with a clear conscience. It would be wonderful to find a truly Christian example of courtship, but this isn't it.
A more detailed review is available on Plugged In. I won't promise that they won't go too much into detail in some areas; use judgement, please.
And, if you found a movie that presents romance in a Christian standard, I would like to hear about it. I haven't had the chance to watch any in a long time. =)