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Old Fashioned (2015) Review

Old Fashioned

Specs from IMDB.com:

A former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.

Director: Rik Swartzwelder

Writer: Rik Swartzwelder

Stars: Elizabeth RobertsRik SwartzwelderLeJon Woods | See full cast and crew »

Taglines: Chivalry Makes a Comeback.

Genres: Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material

Parents Guide: Add content advisory for parents »

Official Sites: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: USA

Release Date: 13 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations: Tuscarawas County, Ohio, USA

Runtime: 115 min

Score 8 out of 10

I loved this movie.  Such a great story, about love, faith, right and wrong, and what it means to love and respect someone.  Clay is a man who has a dark past, but after being found by Jesus, he’s changed his life, nothing fancy, nothing crazy, he restores antiquities.  Amber is a woman moving on from the past, something she does frequently and is renting the apartment above Clay’s store.  When she hears about his Old Fashioned (yes, I said it) views on courtship, she’s a little intrigued by his point of view and decides (after a few interactions) to take on the old fashion way of dating.  What ensues is a beautiful story of what it means to be a man and woman in love, and doing it the right way (to the extreme haha).  Check out the Official Site to find it playing at a theater near you.  It’s only limited release, so get going!

The Good:

Clay won’t even kiss a woman until he is married, his idea of courtship deals more with asking the tough questions (how many kids do you want, what are your biggest regrets?).  He is a man who has made some horrible mistakes in his life and feels as though he’ll never really be worthy (but who is? That’s part of his journey) of love.  Plus he has incredible high standards of how to date (I totally agree with the no sex before the wedding night but dang, not even a kiss?  Fair enough, Clay, you have standards and you stick to them).  Amber begins to think of more than just if a man is dangerous or funny, but how would he treat her, how would he care for her?  Being with Clay starts to teach her what has been missing all her life (a higher calling, a better way of doing things).  Loved the story. Absolutely beautiful.

The Bad:

Ok the acting isn’t great from the whole cast, but I loved it so much, I didn’t care.

Other Thoughts:

If you hate the fact that some folks believe there is indeed a right way to have a relationship leading to marriage, then you may not like this movie, But if you’re sick of women being treated as second class, as objects, and men being horn dogs who only think about one thing, you’ll love this movie.  It doesn’t go into the Christian faith a whole lot (it’s definitely there and the whole structure of this movie is based on it, searching, finding, redemption, love, but itself is not the focal point of the movie) but it is a powerful part of this movie.

I loved the redemption of these two people who aren’t perfect, they aren’t rich, they aren’t action heroes, they’re just two normal, fallible people (just like you and me) who have made mistakes (some big ones, like you and me), but trying to be together in the right way.  There’s a give and take here, doing things the other values, having an experience together.  A relationship not based on themselves, but on each other.

I don’t want to spoil too much here, all I can say is the more I think about the movie, the more I love it. I hope you will too.

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