The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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The leading man often seems more like a brooding menace in this handsomely produced but painfully slow faith-based romantic drama.
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.
Disturbing is the film's apparent conviction that the surefire way to a woman's heart involves lots of candles and a mani-pedi, the sort of notion that isn't so much cute and old-fashioned as it is acutely offensive.
The movie is self-conscious about its more on-the-nose aspects, which doesn't help much. It's also self-conscious about the weirdness of the world it espouses, which does.
It must be pretty neat to make a movie that mostly consists of people telling you how chivalrous and morally right you are and how much everybody loves you, but that's no excuse for making it this boring.
Old Fashioned's male writer, director and star seems to think his vision is what women want, but his attempt at squeaky-clean alternative isn't just boring, it's flat-out undesirable.
I admire some of Old Fashioned, but it's one that should have been a tad more accessible.
Just because it's clean doesn't mean it's a good movie.
Even if you agree with Clay's rigid moral stance, you'll probably be put off by this remarkably dull, tone-deaf argument for chastity.
At least the title is accurate for this painfully wholesome romance.
OLD FASHIONED has a great deal of trouble turning its not-very-dynamic concept -- not dating -- into a watchable movie. But it also has trouble arguing its own point.
This low-budget, faith-based film -- with a cast of mostly unknowns -- is little more than a made-for-cable movie. But it offers an endearing look at what it's like to fall in love -- not lust.
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