One of the unbreakable rules of the universe is that if mainstream culture finds a successful product, Christian culture will find a way to counterprogram it. Less than a week after the Fifty Shades of Grey spewed onto the Internet, warning the people of earth they only had until Valentine’s Day 2015 to prepare for its theatrical release, a faith-based film has arisen to give it some Christian competition. The movie is called Old Fashioned (which might be a little on the nose), it’s from the same people who gave us God’s Not Dead and it’s releasing the same day as Fifty Shades. According to writer/director/lead actor Rik Swartzwelder, Old Fashioned is …

A story that, without apology, explores the possibility of a higher standard in relationships; yet, is also fully aware of just how fragile we all are and doesn’t seek to heap guilt upon those of us that have made mistakes.

All we really know is that Swartzwelder will play a “frat boy” and Elizabeth Ann Roberts will play a “free spirited woman.” Hijinks presumably ensue. And in case, you’re wondering, the movie’s tagline is “Chivalry makes a comeback.” So, it’s a knockdown, drag out, two-movies-enter-one-movie-leaves rumble in the Valentine’s Day theatrical jungle …

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