When Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) decides to divorce his Sarah Palintype wife, his bros at the firehouse come to his rescue with words of wisdom swiped from the Hallmark section at Rite Aid: "You never leave your partnerespecially during a fire." With advice like that, it's no wonder Caleb turns to Jesus. Naturally, director Alex Kendrick's style suggests a pharmaceutical commercialespecially in the scenes of Caleb and his father plodding through the woods toward a creepily and strategically placed crossbecause what else is Fireproof selling if not a drug? But before it even mentions God, the film works sweetly as a chronicle of a man trying to extend the courage he brings to the job to saving his marriage, mainly by following a 40-day experiment called "the Love Dare" that necessitates being kind to his wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) and, ultimately, unkind to himselfby giving up his dream of owning a boat, and by beating the shit out of his computer for teasing him with a pornographic pop-up ad. Then the film gets all religulous, suggesting that Caleb's devotion to healing means nothing without Jesusand so Fireproof stops being resonant with us all and appeals instead only to the already (or easily) indoctrinated.
Alex KendrickKirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Harris Malcom, Phyllis Malcom, Stephen Dervan, Eric Young, Jason McLeod, Renata Williams, Dwan WilliamsAlex Kendrick, Stephen KendrickStephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick, David NixonSherwood Pictures