Parents' Guide to

Fireproof

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Christian-themed marriage drama won't grab kids.

Movie PG 2008 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 12+

Very inspiring!!!

A great movie full of inspiration and life situation. This one will be put on the best family movie list for sure.
age 12+

Great for married couples, as well as for those who are just starting to date for the first time. Enjoyable to other audiences as well.

Non-Christians and nonevangelical Christians (i.e. Christians who are not evangelical) may be uncomfortable with parts of this movie. And there's also a double standard since he's heavily criticized for looking at online pornography while nobody says a word to her about the affair she's having with someone at work. Who's worse is debatable, but the double standard is that wrong behavior from a man is intolerable while wrong behavior from a woman is ok. After all, what they both did was wrong and unfaithful. Such behavior should be either wrong for both genders or acceptable for both genders. That said, everyone, especially those who are in a dating relationship for the first time, can benefit from this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Despite FIREPROOF's core positive message, the acting is fairly weak, and the production values are rough around the edges. And even though much of it takes place in a firehouse, there's more talking than rescue action. And some non-religious viewers might be put off by the film's evangelical Christian roots. It's not enough for Caleb to give up his dirty Web surfing and learn to shop, sweep, and do the dishes; in order to earn Catherine's devotion, he must be born again, and the script doesn't make things very easy for him -- the burden is on him to turn the other cheek as Catherine spurns him again and again, with nobody calling her on her own questionable behavior.

All of that said, the film (which was made by the same pastors/filmmakers behind Facing the Giants) earns realism points for frankly acknowledging that marriage can be difficult and even bleak at times. And nobody here is perfect; even characters who mentor Caleb admit to grievous past sins.

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