Old Fashioned is a New Kind of Movie

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

old fashioned225Old Fashioned is a new kind of faith-based movie, one that explores dating in a way that many would consider old fashioned today—courtship with the focus on getting acquainted and developing a relationship, as opposed to focusing on the physical attractions and intimacy. There is a chivalrous aspect of the film that is rare these days and is refreshing. The main male character in the movie, Clay, has tried it the other way and wants to truly get to know the young woman he is attracted to. Her name is Amber.

"Old Fashioned is more than a wonderful, old-fashioned love story. It's also a romantic movie that will inspire and encourage people to trust God with their relationships," says David A.R. White, Managing Partner, Producer, and Actor, from Pure Flix, the same company that made God's Not Dead and the forthcoming Do You Believe?

The synopsis for this limited theatrical release says, "Old Fashioned" is a romantic drama that 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. He is notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. 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 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 attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" courtship in contemporary America.

This is definitely a movie that romantics will enjoy and is probably a good one for teens that are close to dating. The character of Amber, despite thinking Clay is a bit "odd" is still drawn to him. She attends church with him and she and Clay hold hands and she later tells her friend that it felt "like home." Clay is very good at noting details and he learns what interests Amber and he finds a way to bring moments into her life that are comprised with these important things such as walking on sand and her love of jazz.
Rik Swartwelder as Clay and Elizabeth Roberts as Amber portray their characters very well and you believe as a viewer that there are sparks there and that they care for one another. The film is wholesome with just a few minor remarks about sex.
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Edwin L. Carpenter
Edwin L. Carpenter is a pastor and long-time film reviewer for Dove.org He has a bachelors degree in Writing from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Bill, who is also an ordained minister. Ed and his wife Jackie have one child, Daniel, who is newly married to Kristen and loves sports.

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