Fireproof

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Sherwood Pictures Released 2008

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Director:
Alex Kendrick
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG

Fireproof is a 2008 film about marriage and Christian values starring Kirk Cameron. The film was written by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick with the former taking over directing duties. Kirk Cameron uses his acting abilities to play Captain Caleb Holt, a firefighter, whose motto is "Never leave your partner behind." Holt ends up having this unique motto apply to not only firefighting but to his marriage. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) is having a hard time with Holt's lifeand demands a divorce. Holt is majorly addicted to internet pornography and it is becoming unmanageable for both his wife and himself. In response to Holt's lust for pornography, Catherine begins to flirt with a doctor named Gavin Keller. The film delves into the responsibility and sanctity of marriage which prompts Holt to end his internet pornography habit aggressively. The film was a huge success which was a surprise to all involved. The film earned 33 million dollars from its 500,000 dollar budge and is now among the top 5 highest grossing Christian films ever.

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  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity.

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Cameron is genuinely compelling as Caleb.

  • 50

    Entertainment Weekly

    The filmmakers hedge their bets by making the young marrieds agnostic at the start of the movie, in order to turn Fireproof into a manual for eternal as well as marital salvation.

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • When Mr. Rudolph tells his wife Irma to not speak to neighbor Caleb Holt because he is weird, Irma responds with "Takes one to know one." This line was not scripted and was ad-libbed on the spot by actress Dot Majors. The director liked it so much that he left it in the movie.

      • Goof: When Calib responds to the house fire, he signals in to dispatch as Engine One. As the fire truck rolls up to the scene, it is clearly marked Engine Seven.

      • Goof: In the beginning of the last scene, Catherine is seen driving up to the front of the fire station. All the fire trucks are in their bays. The scene instantly cuts to Caleb being told his wife is waiting outside to talk with him. He walks through a door and the trucks are now all outside the station with all the bays empty, all within 20 seconds time.

      • In the final scene of the movie, Caleb reconciles with his wife Catherine by embracing her with a kiss. But actor Kirk Cameron had a contract that he would not kiss any other woman than his real-life wife actress Chelsea Noble. So the kissing scene was shot in silhouette and wife Chelsea was flown in just for this scene. She is wearing the same dress and a wig to match actress Erin Bethea's appearance.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Caleb Holt: (to a rookie fire fighter after he messed up) You never leave your partner...especially in a fire!

      • Mr. Rudolph: (after their neighbor Caleb Holt says hello) Don't speak to him, Erma. He's weird.
        Erma Rudolph: Takes one to know one.

      • Michael Simmons: (to Caleb Holt) Man...God made marriage to be for life! That's why you gotta keep your vows to Catherine. You gotta beg God to teach you to be a good husband. And don't just follow your heart, man, because your heart can be deceived...you gotta lead your heart!

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    Themes

    unrequited love, infidelity, saccharine, characters with double lives, inspiring stories