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Fireproof (2008)



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A heroic fireman locked in a failing marriage accepts his father's challenge to take part in a 40-day experiment designed to teach both husband and wife the true meaning of commitment in this faith-based marriage drama starring Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea. When he's battling blazes, Capt. Caleb Holt (Cameron) adheres to the old firefighter's adage about never leaving your partner behind; back at home, it's an altogether different story. Caleb and his wife Catherine (Bethea) have been married for seven years, but lately arguments over career, housework, finances, and outside interests have driven the once-happy couple hopelessly apart. Just as Caleb and Catherine prepare to officially dissolve their marriage, Caleb's father John (Harris Malcolm) presents his son with a most unusual challenge: commit to a 40-day experiment called "The Love Dare," and take one last shot at saving his marriage. While at first Caleb agrees to take a chance on "The Love Dare," the discovery that it's closely tied in with his parent's newfound faith causes him to momentarily reconsider. Still, Caleb carries on with the experiment despite being constantly rejected by his skeptical, embittered wife. When Caleb asks his father how he can be expected to love someone who refuses to give him a fair chance, John tells his son that this is precisely the same love that God shows for humankind. Now, with a little help from above, the man who makes headlines for saving lives will fight to be a hero to the one person who matters most -- his wife. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Kirk Cameron
as Capt. Caleb Holt
Erin Bethea
as Catherine Holt
Ken Bevel
as Lt. Michael Simmons
Harris Malcolm
as John Holt
Jason McLeod
as Eric Harmon
Stephen Dervan
as Wayne Floyd
Eric Young
as Terrell Sanders
Bailey Cave
as Ross Spencer
Anthony Brown
as James Turner
Phyllis Malcolm
as Cheryl Holt
Dwan Williams
as Diedre Harris
Blake Bailey
as Stephanie Mills
Renata Williams
as Latasha Brown
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Critic Reviews for Fireproof

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

Unfortunately, the emphasis on what God wants has a way of overwhelming who Caleb and Catherine are as characters.

October 2, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

You probably can't blame pastors moonlighting as moviemakers for wanting to pack their film with multiple messages, but the conversion subplot feels shoehorned into the more crucial marital doings.

October 1, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity.

October 1, 2008

In the history of marital discord in the movies, has there ever been a blander conflict than the one between firefighter Kirk Cameron and his goodly wife Erin Bethea in the dismal Christian-themed melodrama Fireproof?

September 29, 2008 | Rating: F
Top Critic

This is a decent attempt to combine faith and storytelling that will certainly register with its target audience.

September 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With the production values of a straight-to-video cheapie and the script of a mediocre soap opera, Fireproof is good for just about one thing: dousing whatever flames might be left in your marriage.

September 29, 2008 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fireproof


I obviously don't belong to the target audience of this moralizing, pro-marriage piece of Christian propaganda, but nothing can excuse it for being so awfully schmaltzy, predictable, sexist and poorly made, preaching to the converted and making everyone else cringe in pain.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I have no words for how bad this film is. The clumsy script is an insult to the message...and the acting is worse than sinful. Dimensionless, flat acting by an incompetent Kirk Cameron is notable. Does God really want people in marriages to be so emotionally deficient they blindly grasp at the ridiculous? I doubt even Jesus would forgive the film makers.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

I don't consider myself a religious person at all, and sometimes question if I really believe in God or Christianity. Therefor, in some ways I'm not really a target person for this, but in other ways it's a movie meant to register with someone like me with it's Christian messages. "Fireproof" is the story of Caleb(Kirk Cameron) and his wife Catherine(Erin Berthea) as their marriages begins to fall apart. She wants a divorce, he is unsure and then takes a 40 day "love dare" given to him by his father. The dare will hopefully lead them back together and help them build a relationship with God. The movie has a very meaningful message, and honestly never becomes too "pushy" about God. It's a movie designed for people to think about their own relationships and faith, and it really does accomplish that. However, the story is kind of cardboard, and the acting is downright horrible. Makes me wonder with all the actors who talk about God and thanking Jesus, why don't they make movies like that this, so they would be better and reach more people? Cameron is ok, but he's not a movie actor at all, he is perfect for sitcoms like "Growing Pains". Married people should give it a watch, just expect a good message, with poor execution.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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