Friday, September 26, 2008

Fireproof

"However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband" (Ephesians 5:33).

We saw a good romantic movie this afternoon. Fireproof tells the story of a firefighter and his wife who are going through difficult times in their marriage. The husband neglects his wife, saves his money for his own entertainment, ignores his wife's needs, is addicted to Internet pornography, and demands respect from his wife. The wife disrespects her husband, engages in a flirtatious emotional affair with a co-worker, whines about her husband's lack of communication, and pursues a divorce.

In an effort to save his marriage, the firefighter seeks his father's advice. The father encourages his son to take a 40-day love dare, in which the son learns to selflessly seek to meet the needs of his wife. When the dare is not working at the midway point, the son nearly gives up in frustration. He is tired of trying to gain his wife's love. His father explains that he needs Christ's help, the help of the One who knows what it is like to pursue the love of ungrateful and selfish people. The firefighter realizes that he has been selfish. He becomes a believer in Christ and seeks to show his wife unselfish love from that point on, seeking but not demanding her love in return.

I will not give away the end of the story, but it has a few surprising twists with themes respecting marriage,unconditional love, and parents.

The movie was made on a small budget with mostly amateur actors and actresses, but it was emotionally engaging with its good storyline. Guys, your wives will love this movie. Take her out and enjoy yourselves.

2 comments:

Christy said...

My husband and I saw this movie Friday night. He is a firefighter, so those scenes involving emergencies really touched a nerve for us. Thankfully, we have a great marriage, so there was no "I hope he's paying attention" kind of thinking on my part. It was a really good movie and I hope and pray that people are saved because of it's being released nationwide in theatres. The man sitting next to me was real antsy and started breathing heavy after the gospel was presented. I prayed for him in case he was being convicted. I think the message of the movie is awesome. I truly admire Kirk Cameron for vowing to kiss only his wife and having her stand in as the character during the kissing scene. What a witness to the sanctity of marriage!

Terry said...

Christy,
Thanks for bringing up the kissing scene. I heard on FamilyLife Today that Kirk Cameron would not do the scene unless his wife stood in as the "stunt double." Of course, the producers and directors did not want to undermine their marriage by making him kiss another woman, either. They were going to make it a hugging scene rather than a kissing scene, until Kirk's wife volunteered to replace the actress playing his wife for the scene. Everyone involved with the movie approached it with a great deal of sensitivity and intergrity. I should have mentioned that the pornography addiction was handled delicately. Adults would know what was going on, but young children would not have a clue. It sometimes was an emotionally intense movie, but it was child-friendly. No obscenity, bad language, or violence (but the house fire and car wreck scenes had a little tension in them). It was a very good movie. And I also liked the way that God's standards were explained, the way that grace was presented to someone who trusted in his own goodness, and many other aspects of the movie. I should have mentioned also that it was made by the same people who made the "Facing the Giants" movie a few years ago (which was a great football movie). Thanks for your comments, Christy!