Sheila’s post, Choosing Joy (To Love, Honor and Vacuum), came at an interesting time for me. I had just watched a movie that I had been asked to review (DVD version to be released in a couple of days, you’ll start seeing it around) ~ Marriage Retreat.
So let me explain how these two events collide.
Sheila’s post (which is a very good read, BTW) talks about a gal who “decided that she was going to get rid of everything in her life that caused her pain, and fill her life instead with as many things as possible that brought her joy.” Sheila then goes on to talk about her own journey toward joy, including some thoughts about what she watches on TV and in movies. It’s a thoughtful and introspective piece about choices with some perspectives about how media can shape our lives.
I think that there is great wisdom in choosing carefully what we expose ourselves to. I also think it is important to support and encourage Christian movie makers, writers, artists, etc. because they are working to create art that fits within more conservative values.
So, now, about that movie …
Marriage Retreat is a light-hearted comedy (I really want a copy of the prayer that Fahey initially prays over the couples, it’s a hoot). I thought that the actors did a fine job and the movie flowed well. In a couple of places it was a bit unbelievable (I so would not go to a retreat in the boonies if I was 9 months pregnant!), but then most movies bend things a bit to make the plot work and it is a comedy, after all. I liked that the movie hit on a few of the more common marriage problems ~ financial struggles, selfishness, fears, etc. and the heart of it all was in pointing couples to God as their solution and source of help.
Movies like Fireproof, Courageous, The Grace Card, and Marriage Retreat (aff links) are great for family movie night, an evening with friends, or a little couple time. They offer safe entertainment and will challenge you to think about your values (a win/win). Many such movies have supporting material (studies, books, etc.) that can be used to kick off a small group or study. (For the record, the study for Marriage Retreat has major spoilers, so don’t read it until after you’ve seen the movie.)
The other thing that I like to do with movies is ask folks what stood out to them or spoke to them in some way. Here’s mine, a quote from the movie. Go, team player!
I don’t want you to lose. I don’t care if I win, but I don’t want you to lose. You win, I win. from the movie Marriage Retreat
More movie suggestions from generous wives everywhere ~ Movie Night Movies (Please feel free to leave your favorite movie picks too.)
Lori (of Marriage Gems) offers some “must haves” to develop in your marriage ~ Is true and lasting love possible?
What a Great Idea! ~ Friday Prayer: Watch Over Us Visit Elevate Your Marriage for a weekly prayer (this would be great as a prayer starter for couples who are struggling to pray together).