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Lt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner at the back of. Inside burning buildings, it’s his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it’s another story. After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s dad asks his son to check out an experiment: The Love Dare. Whilst hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents’ newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife Whilst avoiding God’s love for him? Will he be capable of demonstrate love over and over to a person that’s no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
A feel-good drama, Fireproof has a strong agenda: stay married, lead an honest life, and let your faith in a higher power help guide you. A still boyish-looking Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) stars as Caleb Holt, a mercurial-tempered firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks. He clearly enjoys his status as a hero, but it comes at the expense of his marriage. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) is tired of the distance and wants him to make more of an effort at home, quite than surf porn on the Internet and hoard his earnings toward his dream fishing boat instead of helping out her disabled mother. Faced with impending divorce, Caleb’s dad challenges him to follow the “40-day love dare,” in which each task (cook her dinner, say nothing negative, etc.) is meant for him to better consider love and commitment and take a look at and win his wife back. The third film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Fireproof is the siblings’ most polished feature. Cameron does a fine job of making Caleb real and believable, even when we’re not all the time liking him. Though saddled at times with maudlin lines, Cameron adds emotion and range to his role. There is a not so subtle theme that the Holts–who at the beginning of the film are agnostic–needed religion to save their marriage. Clearly, Fireproof believes in its agenda and was made with the Christian audience in mind. Whether secular audiences will fall under its spell as well is debatable. But no one must walk away from the film offended. –Jae-Ha Kim
Stills from Fireproof (click for larger image)