99 - Fireproof
Captain Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) is a conflicted firefighter in Georgia, more committed to his job than his wife. He firmly keeps the cardinal rule of all firemen, "Never leave your partner behind." But his seven-year marriage to his Catherine (Erin Bethea) is on the verge of collapse. Neither understands the pressures the other faces. After a heated argument, she yanks off her wedding ring and declares she wants out.
Caleb blames her to his co-workers; she blames him to her friends. Further intensifying her betrayal is discovering his addiction to Internet porn and $24,000 he’s hoarded for a fishing boat – never mind her mother’s desperate need for medical equipment that insurance refuses to cover.
When Caleb tells his father about the impending divorce, Dad challenges Son to a 40-day "Love Dare." Caleb reluctantly agrees, but more for his father than his marriage. Catherine – who is flirting with an affair with a married doctor – scoffs at his half-hearted attempts to win her back, deepening his resentment and frustration.
How can this marriage ever be fixed? It’ll take God. And that’s the point of this remarkable film, produced by a little church in Georgia that decided some time ago to produce movies with a worthwhile message. It was easy to scoff at their first attempt, Flywheel, which was pretty amateurish. Then on a shoestring budget of $100,000, they released a football film, Facing the Giants, which grossed $10 million.
They poured the profits back into Fireproof, which grossed an unheard-of $33 million for a do-it-yourself film. Now their latest, Courageous, is already surpassing Fireproof.
Fireproof is inspirational on multiple levels – it’s been credited with saving a lot of marriages – particularly with the Bible study guides and seminars developed around the film. But who knows how many wanna-be filmmakers out there are listening to a call from on high … and saying, “OK, if Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, can make world-changing movies, so can I.”
~ Rob Kerby