Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 14

THE SMALL-BUDGET INDIE THAT’S PICKING A FIGHT WITH "FIFTY SHADES" G et ready to rrrr-rumble! In this corner, the heavyweight Cineplex champ FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – the best selling soft porn about a naïve heroine and a tortured leading man who likes his women that way too. In this corner, OLD FASHIONED, in which two souls who are 50 shades of jaded try to build a love to last. This Valentine’s 2015, romance-minded moviegoers can choose between the girl-meets-bondage story of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, in which a couple explores their dark desires, or its polar opposite, OLD FASHIONED, about two broken people coming out of the dark into real love OLD FASHIONED is the story of a former frat boy and a free-spirited woman who together attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America. “The timing of it all definitely provides a stark contrast—and that’s the point,” OLD FASHIONED writer/director/star Rik Swartzwelder said. “The conversation should be pushed. Not all fantasy is harmless and not all paths lead to true and lasting love. We have two movies here, both about people with troubled pasts . . . but both taking very different approaches to getting romance right.” 14 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW