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Fireproof Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The filmmakers hedge their bets by making the young marrieds agnostic at the start of the movie, in order to turn Fireproof into a manual for eternal as well as marital salvation.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Cameron is genuinely compelling as Caleb.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Christian-themed marriage drama won't grab kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a powerful grassroots marketing campaign has helped turn this Christian-themed indie drama about a fireman with a troubled marriage into a hit. While the content is age-appropriate for older tweens and up, the marriage-centric story isn't likely to interest them. The plot includes mention of online porn (it's frowned on, of course), but viewers don't really see anything salacious. Marriage is portrayed as tough and often devoid of love, affection, or respect, but something that Christians are expected to endure anyway. Non-Christian viewers might be uncomfortable with some of the movie's dialogue and themes; on the flipside, at least it skips some of the raw language and sex in other Hollywood firefighting movies (like Backdraft).

  • Families can talk about the film's messages about marriage. Talk about the concept of "unconditional love" -- what exactly does that mean? How do different groups (religious or otherwise) feel about divorce? Do you have to be a Christian to understand or appreciate what this movie is saying about marriage and life in general?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Caleb -- who's a courageous lifesaver in his day job but not very humble about it -- rises above his personal flaws to be a better person, even it it's too late for his marriage. Some diversity among characters.

What to watch for
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    Violence: An offscreen car wreck yields maimed victims; perils of an impending train crash. A firefighter rescues an unconscious child from a raging inferno, getting singed in the process.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Caleb surfs the Web for online pornography (never shown), and some dialogue hints that his wife isn't very responsive in the bedroom.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A tie-in Love Dare book exists; the movie can't help but feel a bit like a promo for it.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In one scene, firemen drink hot sauce to test their machismo. In real life, a stunt like that recently killed a man.