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Fireproof

drama


Lt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    40%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Christian-themed marriage drama won't grab kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that a powerful grassroots marketing campaign has helped turn this Christian-themed indie drama about a fireman with a troubled marriage into a hit. While the content is age-appropriate for older tweens and up, the marriage-centric story isn't likely to interest them. The plot includes mention of online porn (it's frowned on, of course), but viewers don't really see anything salacious. Marriage is portrayed as tough and often devoid of love, affection, or respect, but something that Christians are expected to endure anyway. Non-Christian viewers might be uncomfortable with some of the movie's dialogue and themes; on the flipside, at least it skips some of the raw language and sex in other Hollywood firefighting movies (like Backdraft).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's messages about marriage. Talk about the concept of "unconditional love" -- what exactly does that mean? How do different groups (religious or otherwise) feel about divorce? Do you have to be a Christian to understand or appreciate what this movie is saying about marriage and life in general?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    40%
    reviews counted: 13
    see all Fireproof reviews
  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's one of the funniest films I've seen all year and that was obviously not the intention. This was made for elderly folk who watch Oprah and Dr. Phil and only see 2 movies a year. Embarrassing.

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: You probably can't blame pastors moonlighting as moviemakers for wanting to pack their film with multiple messages, but the conversion subplot feels shoehorned into the more crucial marital doings.

- Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rotten: Fireproof stops becoming relatable to us all and only to the already, or easily, indoctrinated.

- Ed Gonzalez, L.A. Weekly, Friday, October 3, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

An okay concept but poor script and acting let it down. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Saturday, August 21, 2010

3 stars

Very "Word of Christ" which was to be expected, but it wasn't too bad. The acting was so below par that it made you winch. With everything against this movie going in, I did wind up liking the message and the movie in whole. The most unusual bit for me was watching Kirk get to such a dark place and be so full of anger. That was a bit scary for me...

- dreamfaeries, Friday, July 9, 2010

2 stars

Sappy movie with mediocre acting. Good message but it takes too long to get to the point!

- Tomassgringo, Monday, July 13, 2009