Ever since a friend from church told me about “Old Fashioned” the new movie that came out in theaters in February, I have been dying to see it. I practically had the trailer memorized having watched it so many times, and last night, I finally got to watch it! Below, you’ll find Paul and I’s review, but first, I wanted to share a bit about this movie with you. (FYI – it came out on DVD today!)
About Old Fashioned
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED 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. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. 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 strong faith and 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, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
We watched this movie last night as a family. My mom is here visiting, so she watched it with us. While this movie is rated PG-13, it was portrait as a good old-fashioned romance. Before I get to my thoughts on the movie, let me share some of the other comments it received:
“Slow-paced, but in a good way.” (My mom)
“Really good.” (Our 12-year old son who didn’t understand a lot of what was going on)
“I LOVED IT!!! I probably watch it a second time in the morning.” (The friend who originally told me about it)
And Paul was excited to see how they tied everything together, and said they exceeded his expectations.
So what did I think?
I’m still sorting through my thoughts on this. I don’t think this is a very good family film as it’s really geared more towards young adults. Originally I wanted to pass it on to my mother-in-law, but after watching it I wasn’t sure that was such a good idea, however my friend is going to buy her own copy to watch with her young adult children.
In My Own Words
Old Fashioned is a film about a man committed to Christ, and a woman running from life.
While Clay Walsh struggles to live-out his commitment, he thinks he is unworthy because of his past. In the midst of his struggle, Amber rents the apartment above his shop and does everything in her power to test his convictions. Somehow he finds that endearing and falls in love with her. Obviously, he also found it a bit disconcerting, but puts the blame on himself instead of her.
Amber admires Clay’s old-fashioned ways. Even if her friends think he’s a whack job. Clay’s friends have issues of their own, but encourage his relationship with Amber.
While I know strippers, pornography, and discussing sexual parters is part of modern day, I didn’t expect them to be so prevalent in this old-fashioned movie. While it doesn’t show anything inappropriate, there is a ton of sex talk, and a lot of other innuendo and such that is implied. Had I realized how much of that was in the film, I would not have chosen it for a family film, but all of that was left out of the trailer, blurb, etc.
But don’t take my word for it, you can watch the trailer for yourself below, and pick up your copy of this DVD from PureFlix or Amazon. As I said, I am the only one who didn’t think this movie was outstanding. 4 out of 5 loved it.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this DVD from Propeller Consulting LLC in exchange for posting an honest review.