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I’m not a regular consumer of Christian films, but now that I have a teenage daughter, I am much more aware of the content we stream in our home. When the opportunity came up to review the Old Fashioned DVD, the subject matter was something I felt could be relevant to us.
The Old Fashioned screenplay was written by Rick Swartzwelder, who is also the star of the film. Now, my great grandma was a Swartzwelder; long lost cousins?
My expectation going into this movie was that it might be a little bit cheesy, and there were a few scenes that definitely were. But what I didn’t expect is how much the message of the film resonated with me.
The story is set in a small, Midwest town and centers on Clay Walsh, a former bad-boy who has not only relinquished his womanizing days, he has developed some very conservative views on love and romance. Amber Hewson is the female lead, who is in the habit of driving till her car runs out of gas and settling down wherever she lands. She rents the room above Clay’s workshop, and instantly takes an interest in him. He refuses to be in the same room alone with her, and definitely won’t date her.
As the movie unfolds, she finally wears him down to the point that he agrees to date her as long as it is on his terms. Their first date starts out in a pre-marital counseling session with a minister who provides them with a book to determine if they would be compatible in a marriage. Definitely not a typical first date, but maybe it should be!
As my daughter nears the “dating age” I am hyper aware of the examples of men and relationships in her life. When I compare the typical dating/love scenarios depicted in Hollywood movies that we watch at home vs. the story portrayed in Old Fashioned, there is NO QUESTION which one is a better example.
I watched through this DVD by myself the first time around so I could absorb it without distractions, but I am going to make my husband and daughter watch it as well. I think it’s a great example of how men should approach relationships and women.
Intrigued? Well, the DVD doesn’t come out for a few more days, but you can pre-order a copy right now. So, what is this talk about a giveaway? There is also a novel and devotional based off of the Old Fashioned movie that I will be reviewing in the next couple of weeks. Make sure to check them out because I will be giving away a prize pack of both books and the DVD! Who do I think should see this movie? Anyone who is single, and anyone with teenagers who are about to enter the dating game.
I used to think that ideas about courtship were outdated and a little naive, but it’s funny how your perspective changes when your own daughter is in the scenario!
What do you think about dating vs. courtship? Are you old fashioned?