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Kirk Cameron in Fireproof
Lt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story. After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents' newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God's love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that's no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
A feel-good drama, Fireproof has a strong agenda: stay married, lead an honest life, and let your faith in a higher power help guide you. A still boyish-looking Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) stars as Caleb Holt, a mercurial-tempered firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks. He clearly enjoys his status as a hero, but it comes at the expense of his marriage. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) is tired of the distance and wants him to make more of an effort at home, rather than surf porn on the Internet and hoard his earnings toward his dream fishing boat instead of helping out her disabled mother. Faced with impending divorce, Caleb's dad challenges him to follow the "40-day love dare," in which each task (cook her dinner, say nothing negative, etc.) is meant for him to better understand love and commitment and try and win his wife back. The third film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Fireproof is the siblings' most polished feature. Cameron does a fine job of making Caleb real and believable, even when we're not always liking him. Though saddled at times with maudlin lines, Cameron adds emotion and range to his role. There is a not so subtle theme that the Holts--who at the beginning of the film are agnostic--needed religion to save their marriage. Clearly, Fireproof believes in its agenda and was made with the Christian audience in mind. Whether secular audiences will fall under its spell as well is debatable. But no one should walk away from the film offended. --Jae-Ha Kim
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : MFR043396274983#VG
- Director : Alex Kendrick
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : January 27, 2009
- Actors : Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Chinese
- Producers : David Nixon, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001KEHAFI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If you want to watch a movie that has profound truth for your marriage, some drama added, some comic relief, and with a biblical worldview, this movie is definitely for you. Even if you don't completely agree with the message, this is a positive, family friendly movie.
I personally think that Fireproof is good quality, but if it doesn't meet your standards, then you should watch War Room.
The Kendricks continue to improve their productions.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful film. Clean, no indecency, no inappropriate kissing, no foul language, no sex or nudity. Powerful plot, with lots of humor and encouragement. I can't recommend this film more strongly.
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There are few films which deal with the consequences of marriage breakdown in a positive way. Fireproof manages to show the reality of a couple who have grown apart and yet gives hope that relationships can be restored while not sugar-coating the experience.
I found myself utterly drawn in, hoping and rooting for the couple, devastated when things got progressively worse and yet inspired by the story. The ending was perfect. A great movie for upcoming Valentines Day!
I've seen the film a few times now and it still gets me.
The challenge mentioned in the film - the Love Dare is available as a book and is if anything, tougher than the experience the character went through. If you want to be a hero in your own marriage adventure - take the challenge!