Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fireproof

I finally got the chance to see a movie called "Fireproof."

I've wanted to see this one since it came out back in 2008, but going out to the movies have ceased being an option since our daughter was born back in 2003. Aren't DVDs wonderful?

If I had to write a single-line poster blurb it might be:

"At Long Last - A Chick Flick For Guys!"

But, as with all sound-bite reviews, it really doesn't tell the whole story.

The film centers on Caleb and Catherine Holt, a DINK couple who have been married seven years, but are ramping up into divorce territory. Caleb's frustrations, blind spots and pain will probably ring true to every married man, as they did for me.

After one all-to-familiar-sounding blow up with his wife it finally appears that the rift between them has finally become irreparable. She want out and he wants peace.

As the chief of the local fire company, Caleb can't figure out why he can get respect everywhere but in his own home.

His Dad asks him to hold off on pursuing a divorce for forty days and challenges Caleb to work his way through a "Marriage Dare" program.

As Johnny Carson used to say, "If they buy the premise, they'll buy the bit."

As a Christian, I bought the premise, so I really was blown away by how the movie played out while Caleb snaps out of his stupor and learns about God's plan for what marriage is.

This modest movie is part of a "film ministry" run by the Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia. My understanding is, that with the exception of Kirk Cameron, all the other actors are from the congregation. And, boy, do they do an amazing job!

All aspects of the film have a patina of professional polish and the story is laid out with great aplomb.

Are you married?

Were you once married?

Do you want to one day be married?

Check it out, says I.

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Blogger KL from NYC said...

Craig,
I stopped by to read how you're doing, and my mouth is still agape after perusing the comments.
They do seem to find you, don't they?
(I hope some of them are friends who are kidding you.)
At Mr. Ed's:
Do The Beetle (Crown LP tracks)
http://mredmusicroundup.blogspot.com/2010/03/do-beetle.html
Faux Monkees tracks (Arc LP)
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Blogger secret agent woman said...

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April 11, 2010 10:06 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

KL: WOW! I had stopped looking at my comments long ago, so accept my apologies for my belated response. Do The Beetle is a pretty good LP. That Canadian Monkees knock-off is fun, as well. They didn't quite "nail" the chords on at least one tune, if memory serves. Thanks for stopping by.

S.A.W.: You guessed correctly about the spam. The same day I had my facebook dust-up with one friend-of-thirty-years I was casatigated by another friend-of-thirty-years for not sufficiently demonizing the tea party movement. The problem is that there are human beings on ALL sides of any issue, but my pal has chosen to lump me in with Janeane Garofolo. I feel as if I am no longer a human being to him and I am tired of getting the dittohead talking points fire hose turned on me.

Thanks for bothering to stop by my long-neglected blog, guys.

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