I don't usually go to the movies and I'm not really one to sit and watch a lot of DVDs, but I just watched Old Fashioned. This romantic-drama was in theaters over Valentine's Day weekend & was just released on DVD today. I also received the novel and the devotional that goes along with the movie.
Trying to have a relationship that pleases God in the world can be hard for anyone. Everyone must set their own convitions and stick to them. Old Fashioned deals with not only trying to honor God in an old fashioned courtship but also forgiving ourselves from the mistakes we have made in the past. I would say this movie is not family friendly. There is drinking, talking about the characters checkered pasts, and a radio talk show that is derogatory to women.
About the movie:
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 There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God.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.
Rene Gutteridge wrote the 303 page novelization of the movie, and it is published by Tynale Fiction. As with most movies I enjoy the book more than the movie. Normally I like to read the book first and then watch the movie. In this case I watched the movie first. I feel I get to know the characters better while reading the book, it makes me feel more than when I watch the movie.
About the Novel:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
The 222 page devotional, The Old Fashioned Way was written by Ginger Kolbaba. It is a 40 day devotional that deals with respecting yourself, dating life, chivalry, chastity, habits the purpose of marriage, and more. There are stories of real people and the things they have gone through with bible verses for each topic. It deals with the things that Amber & Clay go through in their relationship. There is a section on each day that gives suggestions of what to write in a journal.
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
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