I don't know about you, but one of the things that I've worried about since the time my kids were little was when they would date. You do your best to raise them right and to make good choices, but as our society becomes more and more permissive, it is hard to show our kids an e
xample of balance in dating. I know I'm considered old fashioned in my views, so when the opportunity to review the movie Old Fashioned came my way, you know I jumped on it.
What did I find? Well, we watched with our teens (not the littlest one--I wasn't sure if it would be appropriate for a 9 year old or not). I think she would have watched it, but it wouldn't have had much impact or meaning for her. A little over her head and that's ok--she can see it when she's older. I found it to be a gateway to discuss my husband and my beliefs and thoughts on dating with our teens without it becoming too heavy or a lecture. We were able to talk about things from the movie and apply to our own lives.
A little about the 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 There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God.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.
We thoroughly enjoyed the film. I found it to be a good example of a different way of viewing dating, love and marriage. I know friends of mine were worried it would be too preachy and that it would be a two-hour sermon. I was delighted to find a well-written, well thought-out script that was a breath of fresh air. It wasn't a long sermon, it was a love story. It was chivalry and it was pure love and it was beautiful.
I really liked the movie and hope others will give it a chance and use it as a tool for working with their own children to show an 'old fashioned' way of dating. You can purchase the movie here and share it with your family as well. And keep watching here because I'm also working on the devotional inspired by this film as well as the book. I'll be reviewing the book and devotional in a couple weeks--which will include a giveaway of all three items to one lucky winner.
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