A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
The creators of OLD FASHIONED are to be commended for their attempt to counter the message of free love without repercussions that is pushed by most forms of entertainment offered in our current society. Its primary focus is on treating women with respect and that fact that it is possible to save physical intimacy for marriage.
I will admit that for at least the first half of the film, I thought that Clay was way too self-righteous in the way he came across. I admired him for standing up for his values but his attitude would (and did) turn most people off. Amber, on the other hand, seemed to be just a little too flippant. At first I thought that Clay was just a challenge to her and she was determined to break him down. Somewhere along the way, she actually became attracted to the very traits that she had ridiculed at first.
Despite his self-righteous attitude, Clay’s character was appealing and he did loosen up before the end. I personally thought the very best part of the film was when his aunt told him exactly what she thought about his attitude.
I would recommend that parents make it a point for their teens to see this movie at least once. It’s time for our youth to know that Hollywood does not have all the answers.
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