The Tale of Two Movies this Valentine’s Day Weekend

Two movies will premiere on the big screen this Friday and Saturday—Valentine’s Day weekend.

One will open in theaters worldwide.

One will open in select theatres in select cities across the U.S.

What movie’s premiere will be worldwide?

Come on, you know the answer to that silly question. Because everyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past five or six months is aware that “50 Shades of Grey” opens on Valentine’s Day weekend.

But you’re less likely to know that the movie opening sparsely across the country this Valentine’s is “Old Fashioned”—dubbed the “anti-50 Shades of Grey” due to its religious undertones—a label the producers of the lesser known movie have embraced as evidenced by this trailer.

Old Fashioned

In case you’re not familiar with “OldFashioned”, from an International Business Times article—

“Starring writer and director Rik Swartzwelder, the Christian film tells the tale of a frat boy and a “free-spirited” woman (Elizabeth Roberts) who find love “the old-fashioned way” as opposed to “50 Shades” characters Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) risqué sub/dom partnership. The film’s tagline: “Chivalry makes a comeback.”

Frankly, I’m thoroughly disgusted at the following the “50 Shades of Grey” series has amassed—having sold w50 shadesell over 100 million books worldwide. And now the erotic story featuring BDSM—a condensed abbreviation for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism—will be splashed in vivid, explicit detail on massive theatre screens. Early reports say the movie, that’s expected to gross over 60 million opening weekend, shows at least 20 full minutes of sex, although it’s only rated R. Seriously??? Ugh. And in case you missed the awesome news, books two and three are already slated to also appear on the big screen.

“50 Shades of Grey’s” Facebook page boast over 1.3 million LIKES.

“Old Fashioned’s” FB fan page weighs in with 136,600+ LIKES. As of a couple days ago, I’m one of the 136,000+ LIKES.

This weekend, we’re putting feet to our convictions—putting $$$ behind our words. We’re fortunate that one of the “select theatres in select cities” is an hour from our home, so for my husband and I, it’s gonna be a date-night Friday night to see “Old Fashioned.”

We’re not big movie-theatre-goers, choosing to wait for the DVD for most movies we’re interested in. An hour drive, about 10 times the cost and no recliners or couches for stretching out comfortably all factor into our wait-for-the-DVD preference.

But not this time. This weekend I want to be part of the statistics that I’m praying will send a loud message to Hollywood and the world in general. The message being that people want to see movies without explicit sex, that promote wholesome values and even challenge the weakening of society’s moral fiber.

I shudder to think of the short AND long-term effects “50 Shades of Grey” will have on society’s already very shaky theories, mindset and thought processes concerning sexuality. The very thought that millions of teenagers will have these erotic, violent images burned into their young, very formative minds breaks my heart.

If you’re my Facebook friend or a LIKER of my Facebook author page, be forewarned that I plan to flood my status updates with pro “Old Fashioned” and anti “50 Shades” posts in the next 96 or so hours.

I challenge you, too, to take a stand in the coming days and weeks. There are lots of ways you can put action behind your convictions:

  • LIKE the “Old Fashioned” Facebook page
  • SHARE, LIKE and Tweet to spread the word about “Old Fashioned”
  • SHARE, LIKE and Tweet to make people aware of the truth about “50 Shades”
  • Initial conversations about the damaging effects of “50 Shades’” promotion of explicit, violent sex
  • Initiate conversations about the “anti 50 Shades” alternative “Old Fashioned”
  • Contact theatres in your area to either THANK them for showing “Old Fashioned” or request they bring the movie to their theatre
  • ATTEND a SHOWING of “Old Fashioned”

Do you sometimes, always, never attend Christian movies at the theatre? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in a comment!

15 thoughts on “The Tale of Two Movies this Valentine’s Day Weekend

  1. The masses aren’t always known for their intelligence. Hanging out in a group often requires you to drop your intelligence a few points and sometimes your morality too.


    • People do tend to follow the crowd. Often it’s easier to just go along, say nothing and fade into the background rather than speak up. May we all have courage to speak out when we need to!


  2. I like to attend Christian movies in the theatre on opening weekend, if I can. Like you, I’d like to see more of those kind of movies made. And, like you, I’m horrified about 50 Shades of erotica. 😦


    • Good for you! I’m not sure we’ve seen any Christian movies in the theatre… something I’m NOT proud of. We make a point of renting the DVD when it’s available and then share with friends and family, maybe on FB, but I want to do more in the future. Beginning NOW…


  3. Great post!! I’ll be joining you this weekend, only at our own theatre! I am thrilled to see that there is an option coming to the starting gate as well. And yes, I attend and support all the Christian movies that I can get to.


    • Yay, Loraine, I’m happy it’s in your area! I’m really looking forward to it. As I mentioned above, we too often have waited for the DVD–something I hope to change in the future.


  4. We very rarely go to the movie theaters either. And when we do it’s usually when the movie finally hits the cheap seats. I do feel guilty about missing the Christian movies though I’ve noticed a lot of churches teaming up to buy out the theaters so that alleviates the guilt a bit…

    And I, also, am bemused at the Shades of Grey popularity. I actually don’t know anyone who’s read it or, at least, will admit to it. I’ve been hearing it’s popular in Christian circles and that truly does flabbergast me.

    As for Old-Fashioned, I support it and will see it when it comes out on DVD (the closest theater showing it is 6 hours away) but the only trailer I’ve seen didn’t do much to entice me. It’s the rare Christian movie that can compete with big-budget Hollywood and that’s sad. (Though things are slowly improving.)


  5. I will check to see where it’s playing in Indy. Maybe we can extend our Valentine date night!


    • It looks to be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I just checked the listings–Greenwood and Noblesville are the closest. Hopefully it will do WELL this weekend and other theatres will then pick it up.


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