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Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525835] Fri, 17 April 2009 22:36 Go to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Reactions to Fireproof Poll[ 38 vote(s) ]
1.I loved everything about the movie and would watch it again 19 / 50%
2.I liked the movie 6 / 16%
3.I thought the movie was "eh" 4 / 11%
4.I disliked the movie 1 / 3%
5.I liked parts of the movie, but didn't like other parts 1 / 3%
6.Some combo 2 / 5%
7.Something else 1 / 3%
8.I liked the message of the movie but wish the technical parts were better 4 / 11%

I just watched it tonight with dh. Here's a poll


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525839 is a reply to message #525835 ] Fri, 17 April 2009 23:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We just had a social night for the church and we watched Flywheel. We had a great time.

I love the storylines, but the technology is not Hollywood level, although it improves with each production (Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof). However, if this is the level of quality necessary for the integrity of the storyline; I am all for it.

We'll probably continue to have socials for movie watching and Sherwood Pictures are at the top of the list.


In Him--Tracy
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525841 is a reply to message #525835 ] Fri, 17 April 2009 23:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted #1. I loved the movie and have seen it 2 times!! Can't wait to see what they make next.

Lisa
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525843 is a reply to message #525835 ] Fri, 17 April 2009 23:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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i absolutely loved it! I watched it in the theatre the weekend it came out (or the monday after, somewhere around there), then when it came out on video, I made my mom watch it, and watched it with her.
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525844 is a reply to message #525835 ] Fri, 17 April 2009 23:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Loved it, bought it, watched it again!!


Amy
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525848 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 00:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have it right here on my desk from Netflix. I started it the other day, but found that my mood wasn't one for watching the beginning part where they were fighting and all, so I turned it off. I'm waiting to see if I can find another time slot to check it out, or whether I'm going to persevere to the end of it next time around.

I didn't vote in the poll, since I haven't finished watching it.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525883 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 08:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I thought the quality was much improved over their first efforts; they're getting better and better with that, I think.

I found the beginning parts a bit tense and stressful, especially since our marriage is NOT like that at all. I stuck with it though, and I'm glad now that I did.


Grace & Peace,
Diana

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Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525884 is a reply to message #525839 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 08:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I really enjoyed the messages of all three of the movies but was really disappointed with the dialogue, acting and directing. The last one had better cinematography than the others (they are getting better) but I am not a fan of Kirk Cameron's acting (he's fine for comedy but not so great in drama).

My husband and oldest daughter would have liked Facing the Giants better if she had NOT gotten pregnant. They felt it was too 'fairy tale' ending and not so much real life. They felt the message gave too much of a "follow God and everything in your life works out perfectly the way you want it to", and that this is NOT the way God generally deals with us. For me, it was a movie and I like my movies with happy endings.


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525894 is a reply to message #525884 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 09:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, about the cinematography: I noticed the part where the guy and his dad were talking, and the foreground was crisp [for lack of a better word], but the background looked like it was early morning misty. That was pretty.


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525898 is a reply to message #525848 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 09:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Lisa R. wrote on Fri, 17 April 2009 23:28

found that my mood wasn't one for watching the beginning part where they were fighting and all, so I turned it off. I'm waiting to see if I can find another time slot to check it out, or whether I'm going to persevere to the end of it next time around. .


This was the only intense fight scene. It was pretty believable, I thought.


"....And if your Master’s truth offends the gentlemen to whom you speak of it let them be offended. His name we must confess; of His glory we will continually talk…" Charles Spurgeon
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525904 is a reply to message #525884 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 10:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kate Megill wrote on Sat, 18 April 2009 08:38


My husband and oldest daughter would have liked Facing the Giants better if she had NOT gotten pregnant. They felt it was too 'fairy tale' ending and not so much real life. They felt the message gave too much of a "follow God and everything in your life works out perfectly the way you want it to", and that this is NOT the way God generally deals with us. For me, it was a movie and I like my movies with happy endings.


I liked Facing the Giants but this is how dh felt about this too. God does not always work everything out perfectly.

Someone at our church wants to show Fireproof as an outreach event in a local trailer park that is rife with drugs and crime. My personal feeling is that people who are can barely make ends meet and many who are not even married will not be able to relate to a movie about a middle class, white couple! But we will see. Dh is letting this elder do the event and we are praying for a good turnout but we are not holding our breath. Confused

[Updated on: Sat, 18 April 2009 10:18]


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Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525906 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 10:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would say some combo -- probably 2 & 8.
I wanted to say that even though the quality is not superb, it is a zillion times better than many of the Christian films of the past. But because my dh likes visual things, yes, I would have to say that the quality is lacking. The acting was pretty good, but not excellent -- but still better than many older movies of that genre. And VERY good for people who are volunteers with little to no experience.

I watched it two days in a row because I thought it was good for our teens to see love isn't a "feeling."


Rebecca
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Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #525918 is a reply to message #525906 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 12:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Our version of Flywheel is like a "re-release". The beginning of the video has Alex Kendrick apologizing for the quality and explaining how it was only meant to be an outreach tool for their church. Their budget was only 20K, and there is a very funny comment about the church's video volunteers that is hilarious if you understand how tongue in cheek it really is!

Both Fireproof and Flywheel have really intense fight scenes. I thought they were "over the top", but in talking to other people, I've found most folks think they realistic. I'm not sure if it is because that is how it is in their marriage, or it is there *perceptions* of marriages without Christ at the center.

[Updated on: Sat, 18 April 2009 12:15]


In Him--Tracy
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526018 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 21:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The storyline was so good, I didn't even notice that it wasn't
"perfect" in the techno world. Who cares?
I put that I loved the movie.. however, I thought the silly comedy was out of place.... unless you would call it "comedy relief" since it was a pretty serious story.
Eve
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526020 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 21:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm throwing this in, since Fireproo is the topic... My teen dds would like to see the movie, but I have hesitated thus far because I have heard that the subject matter is a marriage torn apart by p*rnography. Is this correct? I don't know if my teens even have a grasp on what p*rn is so I wasn't sure this movie would be appropriate for them. What do you all think?


Michele
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526025 is a reply to message #526020 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 21:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There is no pornography shown at all. He does get one chat message that says, "wanna chat?" or "wanna see?" with a pic of a cute girl, although it is just her face.

The wife complains that she is not "good enough" for her dh, but doesn't speak of pornography directly. That will go right over your dd's heads if they don't understand how a wife feels degraded over porn.

The pornography part is a very small. They aren't treating each other well because Christ isn't the center of their marriage. I get the sense that the pornography is a side event, not the main problem.

My 16yo loves the movie. I would have no qualms letting all my kids watch it, I just don't think it would hold the younger ones interest.


In Him--Tracy
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526031 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sat, 18 April 2009 22:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Oh good. Thanks, Tracy. I had heard the p*rn was the 'center' of the conflict in the movie, so thanks for clearing that up.

We really liked Facing the Giants (though I do agree with some of the others that I wish the wife had *not* become pregnant at the end....). This should be another good movie for us all to watch.


Michele
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526081 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sun, 19 April 2009 09:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I would have to disagree about the wife becoming pregnant at the end. I got so much more out of that than everything will work out perfectly in the end. Earlier the husband came to the point of surrendering his life totally to God even if it meant they could never have children. He resolved he would love the Lord no matter what and then asked his wife if she would love the Lord in the same circumstance and she couldn't answer.

The movie showed how the blessings of the Lord started pouring in especially for the husband/coach which was before the news of the pregnancy ever took place. I believe the point to this was for the wife to be able to see God working regardless of the situation, watch how her husband responded and grew in the Lord, and then she was able to say, "Lord, I'll still love you" when again she found out she was not pregnant. She had to be broken as her husband was earlier. I don't think the movie was meant to show all things work out exactly how you want but to teach us that surrendering ALL and loving God in the good and bad times will bring you peace and cause a happy and content life even if God chooses not to give you what you most desire. God wants our whole heart without a condition. When He has that, we all know that he CAN and sometimes WILL answer/give us exactly what we have longed for.

I got so much out of that scene when she was standing at the vehicle totally surrendering her life in her grief. My very favorite scene was when the husband was given a truck anonymously and he just stood there in awe and totally recognized who really gave him that truck when he said "Lord, you've given me a truck." That makes me cry every time!

Angela
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526212 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sun, 19 April 2009 20:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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MY dh,ds and I saw it at a movie night at church. We all thought it was good. I'd watch it again. It had some very good messages.


Love and prayers,
Char , ( recently widowed) mom to ds (26),dd (22), dd(19),dd (13)
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526235 is a reply to message #525835 ] Sun, 19 April 2009 20:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I thought the movie was a good one, and the message was very strong and clear. I do think the technical and acting could have been a little better in some parts, but over all well done and good message


Wife to the most wonderful man in the world for 27 years! Mom to the three most wonderful kids in the world! (well most of the time)
Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526517 is a reply to message #525835 ] Mon, 20 April 2009 17:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted #1...not because it is the best acting I've ever seen or that the techno stuff was the best, but because I believe two brothers (Alex & Stephen Kendrick) put together a God-led movie that got out to the public like little ever has. Because I believe Kirk Cameron is a man of integrity and will only choose movies that don't go against his beliefs...he wouldn't even kiss the character who plays his wife in the movie, he had his own wife stand in. (These were all volunteers...not paid "professional" actors. Praise God... Wink ) I believe they prayed over this movie and God worked through bad lighting and cheesy acting. Add to all of that these powerful messages that are getting out there in a way they have never before. All of this makes me appreciate and love these movies all the more. Oh what we could all do if we tapped into our God given potential as these men have!!!

[Updated on: Mon, 20 April 2009 17:56]


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LaurieBeth


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Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #526627 is a reply to message #525835 ] Mon, 20 April 2009 21:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My husband and I looked at each other after the movie and said it is one we will buy and our sons will watch it. (well, our daughter, too, but not for a number of years Wink )


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Re: Your take on _Fireproof_, the movie [message #527674 is a reply to message #525835 ] Fri, 24 April 2009 16:08 Go to previous message
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I have watched it and I thought it was good...not great ...but good....

One thing that bugged me though was the lack of apology. The whole Love Dare thing...he is supposed to change the way that he is treating his wife. He does and he works hard at it (eventually) but he never once confesses/apologizes to her verbally. If he had just at the start of this said to her... "look I have been acting really badly and I what to change from that way and be a better husband" she may not have been as confused about what he was doing and why. She probably would not have believed him but then the follow through in actions would work just the same as in the movie.

Maybe I am just weird but I thought the lack of verbal communication remained a problem. Actions are very important; words alone mean nothing...but that does not mean the words are not necessary too!

Blessings,
Sharelle

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