On Valentine’s Day weekend this year, two movies will debut in theaters across the nation. These two films portray relationships in radically different ways.
One of the movies is called Fifty Shades of Grey. While it is being marketed as a romantic story, it is actually a graphic portrayal of a young woman agreeing to be abused and degraded in an unhealthy sexual relationship.
Leaders in the Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) have stated, “The contrast between the message of Fifty Shades of Grey and God’s design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy could not be greater.”
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In stark contrast to Fifty Shades of Grey is another movie that will be in theaters beginning on Valentine’s Day. It is called Old Fashioned. This film attempts to depict the beauty as well as the complexity of a romantic relationship in the context of contemporary culture. It tries to show how authentic love draws us out of ourselves, helps to heal past wounds, and makes us better persons.
For those who want to take in a new movie around Valentine’s Day, consider going to see Old Fashioned. The trailer may be viewed at their website: www.oldfashionedmovie.com, or right here: