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Faith-Based Romance 'Old Fashioned' Battles '50 Shades of Grey' on Valentine's Day

Faith-Based Romance 'Old Fashioned' Battles '50 Shades of Grey' on Valentine's Day


No whips. No chains. No problem.

Hollywood is betting that the release of 50 Shades of Grey, the film adaptation of the sexually tawdry book of the same name, will be a hit with movie-going couples on Valentine’s Day weekend.

One indie film begs to differ.

Old Fashioned, a faith-based film presenting a more “Godly” view of romance, will open that same weekend but on far fewer screens. The team behind the project is willing to give movie goers a kinder alternative to Grey.

“I wanted to tell a love story that takes the idea of Godly romance seriously,” Rik Swartzwelder, the film’s award-winning writer-director and lead actor, said in a statement. “A story that, without apology, explores the possibility of a higher standard in relationships; yet, is also fully aware of just how fragile we all are and doesn’t seek to heap guilt upon those of us that have made mistakes.”

The film follows a former frat boy and an adventurous woman trying to commit to an “old fashioned” brand of courtship in modern America. The studio behind the project, Freestyle Releasing, recently gave us the surprise hit God’s Not Dead.

Old Fashioned stars Swartzwelder as Clay and Elizabeth Ann Roberts (Heroes, House, Black Knight) as Amber. The film was shot on location in rural northeastern Ohio.

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