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.
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.
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.