By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
WHAT’S FIREPROOF ABOUT?
A firefighter with a failing marriage takes a challenge from his father to follow Christ and make changes to save his union. Rent or buy it here.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-)
Another solid outing from Sherwood Pictures, the Christian production company behind Facing the Giants and Courageous. Fireproof is a wonderful examination of why marriages succeed or fail, and the roles that humility, forgiveness, and faith in Christ play in keeping relationships strong. Kirk Cameron proves a capable lead as a firefighter in a failing marriage who gradually gives himself to God and words to right the wrongs he’s done to win back his wife’s heart. A few sketchy moments of acting from supporting players notwithstanding, this is an insightful and virtuous film not to be missed.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?
Fireproof is rated PG. A husband struggles with pornography (discussed but not seen); he gets rid of his computer to beat the habit. A woman is tempted to be unfaithful, flirting with a successful doctor. There are some intense moments of a couple arguing.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
To keep your marriage strong, or to fix it if it’s broken, you must be humble, accountable, forgiving, selfless, and kind.
For another worthwhile Christian drama, I recommend Soul Surfer, about shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. Rent or buy it here.
I’ve heard it said that you can be pro-marriage without being anti-divorce. So how can you know whether your marriage is able to be saved (and worth saving)? Watch my thoughts above.