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.
How can you know whether your marriage is able to be saved? Watch my thoughts above.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.