Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Old Fashioned Movie on DVD - Chivalry Makes a Comeback #OldFashionedMovie - a #Flyby Review

Old Fashioned DVD
Old Fashioned: Chivalry Makes a Comeback
  • A Pure Flix DVD Starring Rik Swartzwelder and Elizabeth Ann Roberts
  • Single Disc, English Language, English and Spanish Subtitles Available
  • Release Date - July 16th, 2015 - List Price $19.99
  • Rated PG - 13 - Runs 114 minutes Plus Bonus Features
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When I asked to review this movie, I thought it would be a good choice since I am parenting teen boys and I do hope they will be chivalrous young men.  While the movie does center on the main character's old fashioned attitudes about dating and chivalry, the true message is much deeper.

On the surface this is a dramatic love story about Clay and Amber, but there is another, greater love story about Clay and God underneath.  it is revealed as one follows the courtship of the couple - which is an interesting one.  These two people are about as different as night and day, but God knows best, doesn't He?

Take a look at the trailer:

Clay is a recovering frat boy. After a series of poor choices and hurting a girl he cared deeply for, he changed his life completely.  Almost a decade after turning things around he pretty much keeps to himself.  His business is an antiques store with a small apartment upstairs.  This is how he meets Amber.

Amber is spontaneous, and finds herself renting the aforementioned room when her gas tank runs dry in Clay's hometown.  She finds herself very intrigued by her new landlord, and hatches all kinds of plans to get his attention.  She doesn't know quite what to make of it when her advances are met with chivalrous behavior and Biblical values.

Of course, her persistence does finally pay off, and the two begin an unusual courtship.  It isn't all fairy tales and sunshine, unfortunately.  Each has emotional baggage from their past to confront, but especially Clay.

I will admit,  halfway through the movie I kept thinking I could not stand the Clay character.  I was conflicted because I loved how much he respected Amber and how he never objectified or compromised her - but the guy is a real jerk.  His legalism puts distance between him and his oldest friends, and he even feels that he is too good for church because it is filled with "hypocrites".  Worst of all, while he treats Amber so beautifully as far as behavior goes, he holds back his heart even when she pours hers out.

The good news is, I was not crazy for feeling this way. All of the things I was thinking about him - well, that was kind of the point.  By outward appearances, Clay was doing all the right things, but he completely missed the point of Christianity.  He clung so tightly to his past sins that he couldn't see the ocean of God's Mercy.  Thankfully, he has a very smart aunt who sets him straight, and there is hope for him after all.

Believe it or not, even with all of that information, I haven't really told you the story of the movie.There are several stories that intertwine with Amber and Clay's,   If you like Christian films you will probably enjoy it.  The PG-13 rating is accurate.  There are scenes where the couple discuss sexuality and past relationships, there is a bachelor party scene, and one of Clay's friends is a crude disc jockey.  Nothing is over the top, but the themes are not meant for children.

There are special features on the DVD - subtitles in English and Spanish - commentary - an extras reel - and trailers.

Old Fashioned - Bonus Material
The DVD is available for purchase starting today, June 16th, 2015.  The website has links for purchases, information on companion books, videos, soundtrack samples, resources for churches who may want to use the video for group study, and more.

Chivalry is not dead, and true love is patient.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this DVD for review purposes. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.