There’s a faith-based film about “old-fashioned courtship” hitting theaters on the exact same day as the sinful, S&M-filled adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
And if you thought that was some sort of divine coincidence, you’d be wrong. This is a challenge.
Freestyle Releasing — the studio behind the equally wholesome “God’s Not Dead” — is rather openly marketing “Old Fashioned” as the anti- “Fifty Shades of Grey,” or — as it words it on its website — the David to “Fifty Shades'” Goliath.
The film, whose tagline promises that “Chivalry is making a comeback,” was written and directed Rik Swartzwelder, who also stars in the film as a former frat boy who falls for a “free spirited woman” played by Elizabeth Ann Roberts. According the the film’s synopsis, together they attempt “the impossible: an ’old-fashioned’ courtship in contemporary America.”
Translation: no sex. Not even a little bit. None.
Why, you ask? Well, according to Swartzwelder, “Old Fashioned” is about upholding a “high standard in relationships.”
“I wanted to tell a love story that takes the idea of Godly romance seriously,” he said. “A story that, without apology, explores the possibility of a higher standard in relationships; yet, is also fully aware of just how fragile we all are and doesn’t seek to heap guilt upon those of us that have made mistakes.”
“Old Fashioned” hits theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015. Choose your side.