YMMV / Fireproof

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Two of them actually. Catherine appears to be a long suffering wife who does all the work around the house, while her husband Caleb is a slacker who works 24 hours and rests 48. They also depict him as having "rejected" God, and fallen prey to the evils of adultery through pornography. This seems to be the message shown by the film. Actually, from the events, Catherine is a cold merciless jerk who doesn't bother to consider that he needs food too (she doesn't buy groceries either), who looks critically on his pornography while she actively carries out an affair, and can't see what is being done for her while he is trying to fix things. Meanwhile, Caleb his given up a computer (which, by the way, can hold pictures of her in addition to uses other than porn), worked tirelessly without any appreciation, and gave expensive medical equipment using his boat savings. Even before, when he was supposedly "rejecting" God, he stood in support of his Christian friend's choices and saved lives everyday, and his only real issue was that he was angry and didn't help around the house.
  • Anvilicious: The religious message is not terribly subtle. Deleted Scenes show that original plans may have had it even less subtle.
  • Critical Dissonance: Mainstream secular critics generally panned the film, but it made a very impressive $33 million on the back of a $500,000 budget. Related products (such as the website FireproofMyMarriage.com, advertised in the credits, and the "Love Dare" book) have been similarly financially successful.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • After Caleb smashes the computer to put a stop to his pornography addiction, he leaves Catherine some roses and a simple note.
      I love you more.
    • The ending.
  • Narm: The whole thing. Especially Kirk Cameron's performance.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The little girl in the burning house.
    • This is particularly nightmarish when you know the whole context. Her parents believe that their daughter is safely at a friend's house and plead with the firefighters to save their house. Then a young girl, the friend whose house the daughter was supposed to be at, runs over, horribly distraught and calling her friend's name. The father asks where his daughter is, clearly expecting her to have been right beside her friend, and the friend explains that not only had the daughter gone home but she had just been talking to her on the phone. Small wonder the father tries to run inside the house.
  • Padding: Most of the scenes involving the firefighters have little, if anything, to do with the main plot of the film, and seem to be there only to pad out what is at its core an hour-long TV movie to a two-hour theatrical release.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Striving to make a marriage work and making sacrifices for it are good messages; the movie's shortcoming here is that it's one-sided against the husband and the wife isn't held to any responsibility for her own wrong-doings.
  • Special Effects Failure: The film's only scene of a house fire is largely a quite realistic aversion of Hollywood Fire, but it also includes some laughably obvious CGI shots.