The film's narrative centers upon a reformed frat boy, Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder), who has given up his reckless carousing. Clay now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town, where he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theoretical ideals about love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God.
When a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), drifts into the town and rents the apartment above Clay's shop, she finds herself drawn to his strong faith and noble ideals. And, alhough Clay tries to fight his attraction to Amber and deny it because his feelings run counter to his ideas concerning relationships, he cannot resist being attracted to Amber's spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.
Doing so, however, would require the two of them, together, to embark upon a arduous journey toward what contemporary culture says is impossible: An "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship that ends in the Sacrament of Marriage. To achieve that goal, it requires Clay and Amber to examine how their mistakes and past wounds have affected how they live their lives and of the self-sacrifice that's going to be required if they are to experience the joy that's the fruit of true love.
The Motley Monk highly recommends "Old Fashioned" for teenagers and young people. This film has the potential to shatter contemporary culture's narrative about sexual desire, failed relationships, and erotic love that's masked as "true" love, showing them the pathway to the vocation to marriage.
Yes, there is a better way to live. Some things are worth waiting for, men control themselves, and women can and should be respected as human beings not trophies. While much of the media mocks marriage and family life, the hope for a good marriage and strong family life have been written by God into the heart of all human beings and "Old Fashioned" has the power to unleash that hope anew in young people.
One irony is that "Old Fashioned" opens on Valentine's Day, which happens in 2015 to be the same day as "Fifty Shades of Grey," a movie adaptation of the novel promoting sado-masochistic "love" relationships. The contrast portrayed by the two movies couldn't be starker. The Motley Monk suggests taking your teens, young adults, or the person you're dating to see "Old Fashioned" and forget "Fifty Shades of Grey." "Old Fashioned" will awaken in these hearts a standard to "stand for" in their lives--true love, chivalry, honor--in a world of 50 shades of grey that would rather those young people have no standards.
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