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Fireproof (2008)

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Is it just that Christians are so amazed that fellow Christians made a movie and it wasn't that bad, that they are blinded to it like parents' are blinded to their children's creative output?

It isn't that much worse than a quarter of what makes it on the Sundance and IFC rotations. But I think many Christian's reactions are in parallel the old "love the sinner but hate the sin" adage. "Love the message, but hate the craft."

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Brief note on the menu screens for the "special collector's edition" DVD. (Apparently it's got stuff that the regular DVD sold in non-Christian bookstores doesn't have.)

Winston wrote:

: Is it just that Christians are so amazed that fellow Christians made a movie and it wasn't that bad, that they are blinded to it like parents' are blinded to their children's creative output?

Heh. I certainly wouldn't go so far as to put myself in a "parenting" position with regard to this film, but a part of me DOES feel a bit, what's the word, protective, maybe? At any rate, I'm eager to encourage these people to get better and better at what they do. Writing-wise, I think this film is already a step up from their last film, inasmuch as the uplifting payoff is now the direct result of things that the main character does -- he has to WORK at his salvation, and at the salvation of his marriage, instead of just waiting for God to magically make life better for him. And I would hope that the next film would take even MORE steps in that direction.

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