Christian dating and matchmaking


02-Jan-2018 20:53

Since the rise of online dating over the past decade, many dating websites have come and gone.

A common complaint shared by seasoned online daters who have tried various dating sites is that, rarely do the multitude of matchmaking services live up to their claims.

This is the focus of Amy Kohn’s documentary “A Courtship,” which follows the trials and tribulations of 33-year-old Kelly, who has relinquished agency over her love and sex life to her scrutinizing “spiritual parents” and the will of God.

But rather than getting lost in technicalities, Kohn’s documentary manages to humanize, evolving into a moving portrait of one woman’s belief system and the relatable wounds that lie beneath it.

Another bone of contention hindering the online dating reputation is the fraud and scam element that exists today, which is fuelled by desperate gangs of online crooks who strategically and calculatingly disguise themselves as worthy adversaries.

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The film’s success hinges on our ability to invest in Kelly as a human being, and Kohn devotes too much of the first act to setting up the world.She’s plagued with the age-old slew of questions—Why can’t we make it work? “We went through a lot of pain that we didn’t have to go through.” With “A Courtship,” Kohn reminds us that that pain is as necessary as it is ineluctable. What was the point of spending all this time together? This is damaging, as it invites us to impose judgment on subjects who are still two-dimensional. Thankfully, it pays off—the film complicates its subject matter (lest it become “Bridget Jones Diary” meets “Jesus Camp”).

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“We don’t want our children to have to experience the pain of divorce,” explains Kelly’s spiritual father, Ron, under whose roof Kelly will live until she finds a husband. It’s instead of having a coin tossed when two people say ‘I do.'” Kohn spends the rest of the film questioning this assertion through Kelly’s experience.

Too-playful music also undermines the film’s credibility, detracting from some poignant moments and forcing instances of humor.