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Fireproof is a 2008 American drama film from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sherwood Pictures. Stephen Kendrick co-wrote the film with his brother, while serving as a producer. The supporting cast is made up of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, where the Kendrick brothers serve as associate pastors. The film features Kirk Cameron as Caleb Holt in his first theater-released movie since 2001's Left Behind: The Movie.

On May 21, 2008, Sherwood Pictures announced that the film would open in theaters on September 26, 2008.[3] It was given an MPAA rating of PG for "thematic material and some peril".[4] The Making of Fireproof special aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network prior to the movie's release, following a special airing of Sherwood Pictures' second theatrical release, Facing the Giants. [5]


A feel-good drama,Fireproofhas a strong agenda: stay married, lead an honest life, and let your faith in a higher power help guide you. A still boyish-looking Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) stars as Caleb Holt, a mercurial-tempered firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks. He clearly enjoys his status as a hero, but it comes at the expense of his marriage. His wife Catherine (Erin Bethea) is tired of the distance and wants him to make more of an effort at home, rather than surf porn on the Internet and hoard his earnings toward his dream fishing boat instead of helping out her disabled mother. Faced with impending divorce, Caleb's dad challenges him to follow the "40-day love dare," in which each task (cook her dinner, say nothing negative, etc.) is meant for him to better understand love and commitment and try and win his wife back. The third film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick,Fireproofis the siblings' most polished feature. Cameron does a fine job of making Caleb real and believable, even when we're not always liking him. Though saddled at times with maudlin lines, Cameron adds emotion and range to his role. There is a not so subtle theme that the Holts--who at the beginning of the film are agnostic--needed religion to save their marriage. Clearly,Fireproofbelieves in its agenda and was made with the Christian audience in mind. Whether secular audiences will fall under its spell as well is debatable. But no one should walk away from the film offended.--Jae-Ha Kim


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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. After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents' newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God's love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that's no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?
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CastKirk Cameron, Jason McLeod, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan
DirectorAlex Kendrick
Genre:  Drama
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  January 27, 2009
Runtime:  118 minutes
Studio:  SONY PICTURES
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review by . June 07, 2010
Surprisingly good
Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is the local fire captain, a brave and heroic firefighter who's popular with his men. Things aren't so good at home, though; he and his wife have grown apart over the years and can barely tolerate each other. Caleb is addicted to porn and hoards his money for a boat while she seeks the affection of a co-worker.      I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. I usually don't watch Christian films, but this one is exciting, realistic, …
review by . March 07, 2009
This movie is a must-see for so many reasons. For your consideration:      Despite the title and fiery photographs/trailers, this is not a movie just about intense drama and danger. Don't misunderstand, there is plenty of edge-of-seat drama and enough danger to make the two hour movie fly by, but if you don't want to see it because of the intensity factor, rest assured, the intensity is secondary to the story of Kat and Caleb.      Though this movie is made …
review by . December 11, 2008
Every once in awhile a movie comes out that ends up having a profound impact on society. Fireproof is one such movie. With an extremely low budget, and even some actors as volunteers, one might think that this movie would not hold credible.  Absolutely untrue. In a world filled with divorce and marriage conflict, this movie holds promise as perhaps being one of the first movies to be able to have a profoundly positive impact on marriages.  It is the story of a typical married …
review by . January 04, 2009
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This movie is a must-see for so many reasons. For your consideration:    Despite the title and fiery photographs/trailers, this is not a movie just about intense drama and danger. Don't misunderstand, there is plenty of edge-of-seat drama and enough danger to make the two hour movie fly by, but if you don't want to see it because of the intensity factor, rest assured, the intensity is secondary to the story of Kat and Caleb.    Though this movie is made by …
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