Yes, I did. I didn’t expect to. One of my wife’s patients gave it to her. She was insistent that we watch it, and out of respect for her we did.
A church in Georgia produced the movie and aside from Kirk Cameron, the actors were all amateurs, enlisted from the congregation. Cameron does a pretty good job (good acting is something I rarely see in these homegrown Evangelical films) but the rest of the cast did a lot better than you would expect from such inexperience. Essentially the movie is built around a real marriage guide called the “Love Dare” which is available on the website as well as in bookstores.
Production values were high, the sound track was decent and the dialogue believable. It was good to see Christians addressing the issue of divorce, which is like the elephant in the middle of the sanctuary. Christian marriages, on the whole, last no longer than secular ones; about half end up in divorce. Even if you are not an Evangelical or even a Christian, there is really good advice in this movie for all married couples.
A couple things I could have done without: the gratuitous references to Hell (but much fewer than the title of the movie would suggest) could have been left out. They probably turned some folks off the movie (they almost caused me to turn off the TV) and that is a shame because the main thrust of the movie is so good. And the house that Cameron’s character lived in with his wife was too much of an expensive mansion to be believable as a firehouse captain’s home. I realize the home site was donated by a local builder but it was jarring inconsistency. But then again, every character in just about every Hollywood film seems to live in Bel Air or Beverly Hills or some type of hip warehouse conversion in Manhattan.
Good flick. See it. Or visit the website. Now, I might have to check out “Facing the Giants”.