Earnest Fireproof Could Use More Spark
- Friday, September 26, 2008
For a film that shows characters making so many honorable decisions, Fireproof is simply no more exciting than an episode of Seventh Heaven. It’s hard to say whether the importance of the film’s message and the sincerity of its creators outweigh the lackluster filmmaking. That is for viewers to decide.
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- Language/Profanity: None.
- Drugs/Alcohol: None.
- Sex/Nudity: None, but Caleb’s addiction to Internet pornography is alluded to a few times, and a scene of him looking at his computer includes a advertisement for a risqué site.
- Marriage: The institution of marriage is honored as a covenant, not a contract; a married couple described their date night as a “hot date”; one character has divorced and remarried.
- Violence/Disturbing Imagery: Some firefighting danger; a near-miss involving an oncoming train; two cars drag race; a practical joke involves someone drinking straight from a bottle of “Wrath of God” Tabasco sauce; Caleb takes out his anger on various inanimate objects behind his house.
- Religion: Christianity and acts of kindness are shown to be the only way to salvage troubled marriages; a woman pauses to say grace before a meal; a man gives thanks to God after nearly dying; a man converts to Christianity; parents testify to their child of God’s work in their lives.
*Correction: When first posted, this review of the film ‘Fireproof’ said that the budget for the film ‘Facing the Giants’ was $1,000,000. This was a mistake; the actual budget on ‘Facing the Giants’ was $100,000. The article was corrected to reflect the true amount. We apologize for this error.
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