Limited Theatrical Release: “Old Fashioned” is a romantic drama that centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small, Midwestern college town. He is notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.
This is an old-fashioned movie for romantics! Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder) runs an antique shop and has some old-fashioned ideas about romance that include reliability and loyalty. When a young woman named Amber (Elizabeth Roberts) rents an apartment above his shop, there is a definite spark between them despite the fact that Amber thinks Clay is a bit odd. She is intrigued with his ideas about courtship and they begin to ever-so-slowly develop a relationship, despite definite interest on both parts. He also encourages her to look to God.
When she attends church with Clay, she and Clay hold hands and she admits to a friend that it felt like “home.” They face a snag or two along the way, but it becomes clear that the two are destined to be together. He remembers things she considers romantic: her nails being done, walking on sand, and jazz. We are happy to award this “old-fashioned” tale our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve and above, and award it four Doves. There are a few comments about sex, but nothing over the top. The film features a good story with old-fashioned morals, something today’s world could use more of.