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Fireproof Marriages?

I'd heard the buzz within Christians circles about the "number one inspirational film in America." Everything from "this movie shows what true faith really is" to "this movie will save your marriage." Always wary of such claims and not really a fan of firefighter flicks, curiosity got the better of me and I headed out to a weekend matinee of Fireproof (www.fireproofthemovie.com).

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I settled in to watch the story of a firefighter trying to save his failing marriage through something called "the Love Dare." Unfortunately once the movie began, it was immediately evident that Fireproof followed the pattern of most explicitly Christian movies: the acting was flat, the dialogue awkward, and the scenarios unbelievable. Full of sitcom-esque comic relief moments, and the requisite tear-jerker scenes, it also had more far-fetched setup lines for evangelistic opportunities than a youth group apologetics manual. But I did my best to look past all that and focus on the main theme of the movie -

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