Movie Review: Old Fashioned

When I think of "old fashioned," I don't think of relationships but of clothing styles, handwritten letters, and sentimental things like we read about in Pollyanna.

This movie was not what I expected. It doesn't model a view of courtship or dating that I want my kids to follow. Instead, this movie shares views of extreme opposites. Extreme not dating, extreme dating, and marriage for the wrong reasons are all presented in the characters' histories. If presented with some of these circumstances while dating, I think I would have turned and run away as quickly as I could.

Despite the very modern problems in the movie Old Fashioned, there are some old truths presented. The main character's elderly aunt is indeed old fashioned and is one who questions his unique approach to prevent repeating mistakes. Aunt Zelda is the voice of wisdom in this movie, speaking truth clearly in the midst of bungled attempts at independent perfection.
"You are loved."  

This isn't a movie modeling romance as it should be. Instead, even in this flawed world filled with imperfect people, it shows how despite lives filled with wrong choices, forgiveness is possible. Happiness is possible. Hope. Unexpected surprises. Romance. Perfect relationships aren't the result of perfect people, because neither exist except for Jesus. But love is possible despite our imperfections, and that is the real theme of Old Fashioned.

About the movie:
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
115 minutes // Genre: Drama // Rating PG-13 

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 There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God.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. 

Disclaimer: A copy of this movie was provided for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided.


  1. My mom, Jen and I saw the movie in the theater. I enjoyed it, and was glad to have Jen see it. It was better than the alternative, which was airing at the same time. :-)

  2. Anonymous7/08/2015

    Interesting sounding but definitely one I would want to see before sharing it with my girls, even my oldest one. I had seen the name of this but not yet read any reviews. - Lori


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