Old Fashioned (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rik Swartzwelder|
|Produced by||Nathan Nazario|
William K Baker
|Written by||Rik Swartzwelder|
|Starring||Elizabeth Ann Roberts|
|Music by||Kazimir Boyle|
|Edited by||Jonathan Olive|
|Box office||$1.9 million|
Clay Walsh owns an old antique shop where he repairs and restores furniture. Situated in a small Midwestern college town, he is known as someone with unusual convictions. Into his life arrives Amber, a free spirited young women who rents the apartment above Clay's shop. She is immediately struck by the fact that he is unwilling to enter the apartment to show her around. Asking why, he states he has made a pledge not to be alone with a woman other than his wife. It soon comes out that he, in fact, is not married. She takes the apartment and finds a job at a local shop, but is interested in knowing more about the curious ways of the man who owns the 'Old Fashion' antique shop. Her efforts are complicated by the fact that Clay does not date, believing dating to be a poor preparation for marriage. The only time he will come up and see her is when something in her apartment needs to be repaired. Undaunted by the barrier, she contrives a number of breakdowns to continue their conversations. Eventually Clay agrees to take her out, but they do not engage in typical dates. Over time we learn that Amber has been in a number of relationships, but they were superficial and at times abusive. Her last boyfriend ended up breaking her hand. Her escape was always to move on to a new place. For his part Clay has not always been so careful. In his college days he had a great many women, and ended up making a lot of money with exploitation films shot in the manner of Girls Gone Wild. Seeing the pain that his life caused those around him, he went through a major life change. He withdrew from the world, and for the past nine years has been known for his faith, his reserve and his odd theories on love and romance. These act to irritate his old friends. In fact Clay is burdened with guilt over his former behavior. He no longer sees himself fit for anyone.
Despite the unusual rules Clay has committed to living under, Amber sees a man she wants to be committed to. "I don't want normal" she tells him. "I want you." The couple go through a crisis, causing Clay to seek out his Great Aunt Zella. She tells him she has never seen anyone try so hard to be good, but that life is not about his failings. It is about loving those that God has brought into our lives. She encourages him to step out into the world and love, knowing that failure is just a part of it. Clay does so, asking Amber to marry him. Before he even can get the question out she tells him "Yes." He warns her it will not be easy, but she simply repeats her answer "Yes."
- Elizabeth Ann Roberts as Amber
- Rik Swartzwelder as Clay
- LeJon Woods as David
- Tyler Hollinger as Brad
- Nini Hadjis as Lisa
- Maryann Nagel as Carol
- Lindsay Heath as Trish
- Joseph Bonamico as George
- Dorothy Silver as Great Aunt Zella
- Ange'le Perez as Cosie
- Anne Marie Nestor as Kelly
The film opened early on just three screens on February 6 with a per screen average of $12,988, taking in a total of $38,965. It expanded for the four-day President's Day holiday and ended the weekend with $1,083,308 for a two-week total of $1,126,199 . The film had the largest opening weekend for a faith-based film opening on fewer than 300 screens. On February 20, the film expanded to 298 screens. As of March 3, 2015, the movie has grossed $1,914,090.
The film scored well with its target audience, while critics were less favorably inclined to the film and its message. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an audience score of 84%, while critics rated it at 18%. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 29 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Joe Leydon of Variety wrote that "Swartzwelder wants to engage his target audience with a tale of moral redemption through chaste romance. Trouble is, throughout a good portion of his movie, the writer-director gives off a disconcerting Norman Bates vibe". Michael Rechtshaffen of the Los Angeles Times found the film disturbing and stated that it "isn't so much cute and old-fashioned as it is acutely offensive".
The film did find support from some mainstream critics. In his review for RogerEbert.com, Glenn Kenny noted the film was sensitive, competently crafted, and beautifully shot. He commented "It’s incredibly rare to see an American movie with a Christian perspective that’s more invested in philosophizing and empathizing than in eschatological pandering, and for that alone Old Fashioned deserves commendation."
The film garnered a number of awards in the independent and Christian venues. In September 2014 it was selected as a finalist for the Breakthrough Film Award at the Twin Cities Film Fest. In November of that year it was selected for the Best of the Festival Award at the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival. Rik Swartzwelder won for Best Director at the same festival. In July 2015 at was selected as the Best Picture and Best Drama over $250,000 at the ICVM Crown Awards. Focus on the Family's Plugged In selected the movie as Best Christian Film of 2015. In March 2017 the film was nominated at the Attic Film Festival for Best Film, Best Screenplay (Rik Swartzwelder), Best Performance Male (Rik Swartzwelder), Best Performance Female (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), Best Director (Rik Swartzwelder) and Best Production Design (Melody George). A month later at the festival the film garnered the Judges' Award for Best Film. In addition, Rik Swartzwelder garnered the award for Best Director.
Milan Records released the official motion picture soundtrack on February 10, 2015; it includes both songs by a variety of artists as well as several selections from the original score by Kazimir Boyle. In addition, a second soundtrack (digital only) of previously unreleased original score tracks was released by the composer via iTunes (More Music from the Motion Picture Old Fashioned).
(Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 10, 2015|
|1.||"Highway of Red"||Snapdragon||3:54|
|2.||"Gold in Your Eyes"||Kazimir Boyle||3:14|
|3.||"No Place Like You"||Josh Schicker & Mitch Dane||4:06|
|4.||"I Have a Theory"||Kazimir Boyle||3:47|
|5.||"Clocks and Calendars"||Ivan Colón||4:12|
|6.||"Pour Me More"||Connie Lim||3:28|
|7.||"Feel Like Home"||Roz Bell||2:43|
|8.||"Love is the Only Gold"||Kazimir Boyle||3:46|
|9.||"King and She"||Abby Posner||3:07|
|10.||"Joy"||Ralston Bowles & May Erlewine||3:38|
|11.||"Every Boy and Girl"||Rik Swartzwelder||0:40|
|13.||"In Love with You"||Roz Bell||3:12|
|14.||"Ain't Where I Used to Be"||Fred Haring||4:05|
|15.||"Moses & Zipporah"||Melissa Otto||2:43|
|16.||"Right for You"||Dennis Davidson||2:55|
|17.||"You are Loved"||Kazimir Boyle||4:10|
|19.||"While the Days are Young"||Scott Krippayne||3:37|
|20.||"Old Fashioned (Bonus Track)"||Adam Davidson||4:04|
Novel and official companion book
In December 2014, Tyndale House Publishers released both a novelization of the Old Fashioned screenplay (written by Rene Gutteridge) as well as an official companion book for the film and the novel, The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance (written by Ginger Kolbaba).
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