Here’s an interesting riposte to the current state of romantic comedies and dramas. The characters feel a little more mundane and the stakes aren’t as high. There doesn’t appear to be any great love to protect — just two people trying to have a relationship. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Christianity angle fits into the story. Is this a “Christian” film or is it commentary on religion? Time will tell.
A romantic-drama, Old Fashioned centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his 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 There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. 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 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” courtship in contemporary America.
In theaters on February 13, 2015.