Old Fashioned by PureFlix
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Former frat boy, Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder), has given up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern town. There, he has become notorious for his theories on love and romance as well as his devout beliefs. When Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas. Together, they attempt the impossible: an old fashioned courtship in contemporary America.
I enjoyed this gently paced Christian movie about a diverse couple who meet and fall in love. I thought it was sweetly romantic the way the attraction and romance built between Clay and Amber. Clay was reckless and immoral during his frat days in college and consequently hurt people he loved. When he comes to the realization that he needs to become a better man, he sets strict guidelines for himself in regards to being around and dating (or not dating) women. I admired that he was determined to keep his life clean despite the ridicule he got from those around him. Amber has been through several relationships and keeps her bags packed , so to speak, and ready to hit the road again. But she becomes fascinated with Clay's viewpoint and is drawn to his gentle humor and careful consideration of her. When he makes it clear he won't date her, she starts "breaking" things in her apartment to get him to come around. It was funny. :)
Although I agree with some of what Clay believed in regards to relationships, he definitely took it above and beyond. The whole marriage counseling thing when they weren't even engaged was strange & unnecessary but it did make for some laughable conversations. And there were some thematic elements that definitely gave the film it's PG-13 rating. Things like Clay's memories of his immoral frat days and the stripper that comes to his friend's bachelor party. As well as some topics of conversation between both his and her non-Christian friends. Other than that, the film might be a little strange to some but, like I mentioned above, I think it was sweetly romantic.
*Thanks to FishFlix for a complimentary copy of this movie for review purposes. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*