Old Fashioned Movie Review

Everyone who reads my posts probably knows that I am not a huge romance fan.  Superficial characters, immediate sex scenes, and unrealistic storylines typically dot most romance novels on the market. I recently had the opportunity to watch and review the Christian film, Old Fashioned, based on the screenplay by Rik Swartzwelder.  While the film is a romantic-drama--the rarely done aspect of old fashioned courtship on film caught my interest.  What did I think of the movie OLD FASHIONED?

I received a complimentary copy of this dvd for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Old Fashioned movie.  A romantic-drama,  OLD FASHIONED  centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 

Old Fashioned offers a different and strict perspective on the dating game.  For those singles trying to date in a more conservative manner; societal influences do not make it exactly easy.   The film's main character, Clay, exhibits some strong motivations and beliefs about his stance on relationships and the value of "old fashioned" courting.  The characters work very well to bring the film's messages to light. 

The film is not 100% Old Fashioned.   As the viewers learn more about the characters and their pasts, there are scenes of a more PG-13 nature.  There is some talk of past partners and some scenes of past activities which add to the film but may surprise some viewers expecting a completely "clean" movie.  

Would I recommend Old FashionedFrom a film standpoint, the acting and film making is not of blockbuster caliber--but, for those looking for something a little different and a little thought provoking on the romance movie scene--this film does offer that.  The characters connect well and the film's message will appeal to Christians.  Having said that, there are scenes in the film that may not appeal to those seeking a totally 'clean' movie.  (Remember, much of the movie's theme focuses on the fact that the main character realized that he was living his life in a way that didn't bring him joy and peace and opted for a rather drastic, Christian based, lifestyle change.)

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I was able to followup this film review with reviews of both a novelization based on the film's screenplay and a non-fiction devotional based on the film's ideas.  You can read those reviews here--and enter to win an Old Fashioned Prize Pack in the review giveaway!

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