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trooperswife
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Trooper and I went to see this based on our love of the film "Facing the Giants". It's made by the same group of people.

It stars Kirk Cameron, and several actors from Facing the Giants. It's about a couple on the verge of divorce--the fireproof title coming from Kirk Cameron's character being a fire fighter.

I was really, really glad I saw it. I cannot say I enjoyed it, because it is a raw and emotional look at where two people can get if they are ready to call it quits. It is similiar to Giants in that the need for Jesus Christ is open and discussed heavily.

I thought it was handled really well, as I thought Giants was.

Anyone else see it yet?

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Jacaré
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Skeezics and I saw it last week. She took me to see it after seeing it talked up by Dr. Phil. I liked it. A little too preachy at times, I thought, and the end was dragged out just a bit too long, but all in all well done with a positive message. It could have been too intense, but there was just enough humor at just the right times to keep it from being a downer.

I don't know if churches are pushing the movie to their members, or even buying up blocks of tickets, but when we got to the theater, the showing we wanted to see was sold out, so we went to a later showing, and even that was very well attended.

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Talitha, we had to make a choice between seeing Fireproof or Forever Strong last weekend, as the movies were playing in our market with the same opening weekend... Forever Strong was in limited distribution and has been pulled from our market, but I just looked and Fireproof is still at the theater for the next week... so depending on if I can get someone to go with/take me, I will be trying to see this over the next week.

Like you, I really like FTG, we own a copy of that movie... I really want to support the people and companies that make family friendly movies throughout all production arenas.

I actually don't mind movies that are on the side of being bit too preachy, (as long as the message is general in nature...) I feel like that is a better trade off than having shoved down my throat the more "PC" agenda that many movies go for... or worse, being force fed inappropriate content within a good movie in order to appeal to those that think a movie without such is doomed to failure...

So, I will most likely see and like this movie... possibly even buy it... and on yungmom's recommendation (as well as a few other friends...) I would also like to see Errand of Angels... but I haven't found it playing in any theater in AZ, let alone close to me... I will probably have to wait on the DVD, for that one. I am encouraged with how many independent films Netflix had been adding to their available movies in the last year. That has meant that movies I used to never be able to see, I can at least see now. That is how we first saw Facing the Giants, and many other really decent films that never made it to our market, because they are not profitable enough for the theater owners.

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Polly: I think you'll like Errand of Angels. I saw it in Utah last month.

Lots like the Best Two Years, only less humor. But all in all, a sweet movie.

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LynnTruthseeker
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I have been excited about all the LDS movies that are available from Netflix. I haven't seen it yet, but I just got Emma Smith: My Story in the mail on Saturday. [Smile]
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My husband and I watched Courageous, a movie written and directed by the same brothers as Fireproof. Because of it, we rented Facing the Giants.

I think the story behind these movies are as inspirational as the movies themselves.

Two brothers grew up making movies for their friends and family, thinking that would be their career. Instead they both felt called into the ministry and found themselves as ministers to the same Baptist church, Sherwood Baptist Church. The leaders of the church learned of a study that showed churches were losing influence. Using their talents, the brothers decided to make a movie to reach out to their community. $20,000 and a host of volunteer actors later they had their movie, Flywheel. They convinced a local theater to show for a week. It ran for 6 weeks. Their second movie was Facing the Giants. Expecting again that only the local theater would show it, they were a bit surprised when approached by Sony, asking if they could distribute it for a national release. Their third movie, Fireproof had an even larger budget ($500.000) and brought in $33,000,000.
Courageous opened as number five in the box office.

This small church has brought in some big bucks. (Small is the way I envision it - it could really be a mega-church) What are they using it for?

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According to Stephen, “We started with nothing. We never used church offering plate money for any of our movies.” He explains that people donated to assist in funding these films. He continues:

“We pour the money right back into ministry. We have started multiple churches. We also created an 82-acre sports club for families in the community. We have done homeless work and food shelter work. There’s a whole list of things the church has done with that money.”


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nitasmile
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I also really liked that movie. To me it did seem like a little too much emphasis was placed on the father to do "his job", perhaps not enough on the woman.
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roper:

Trooper says that he didn't sit and think much about the portrayal of police officers in the movie, which he says means it must have been realistic to him. He generally only pays attention to depictions if they are really off base.

He did say that he liked the close knit group, and he feels that with his fellow troopers, and that the conversations about life and fatherhood and etc. was similar to the things he talks to his friends at work about.

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Jim Clay
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I haven't seen the movie, but after reading a summary of the plot the wife in "Fireproof" sounds both hypocritical and unapologetic to me. He busts his tail trying to win her back while she is trying to get something going with another man, and in the end she deigns to come back to him with no apologies.

Obviously him watching porn was not okay, but neither was her withholding sex.

I think if I saw this movie I would be pretty ticked.

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Jim,

I initially watched it, and felt that way. But she definitely does apologize at the end. And what we don't see is how the husband basically emotionally beats her (we do see one scene at the beginning where he yells at her).

While there are times that the movie is quite cheesy, I actually like it a lot. Part of the point is that the husband DOES work through an unequal playing field. He is trying, and she isn't.

But that's how God deals with his children all the time.

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Jim Clay
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Zeta Flux and roper,
I admire your far wiser and more charitable takes.

I guess it is a bit of a sore point for me that our society tends to assume that everything is the man's fault. But, as I have learned many times- when I am angry, there is something wrong in me.

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