"The Dating Project" now on digital and DVD: Win one of 5 copies!


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Singles of all ages wonder why it’s so hard to meet, date and marry today. In fact, 50 percent of America is single and fewer people are committing to marriage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014. Dating has been replaced by “hooking up” and “hanging out,” making the traditional days of “courtship” obsolete. Or, is it?

The Dating Project, the new documentary from Paulist Productions, MPower Pictures and Family Theater Productions, has been featured in The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune as well as on CNN and FOX NEWS, and will now be available on DVD and Digital Download from Pure Flix. The film will be released into the general consumer market by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Watch the official trailer for The Dating Project:

A few years ago, Boston College professor Kerry Cronin noticed this decreased dating trend among her undergrad students.  “And I thought, ‘Well, this is crazy.’ So I started asking students to go on what I refer to as ‘traditional dates’ as part of an extra-credit assignment.” However, the act of going on a date was more complicated than she thought. A combination of the prevalent “hook up” culture, as well as the preferred method of social interaction (texting), had all but obliterated skills of basic social interaction. And so, The Dating Project began.

The Dating Project follows Professor Cronin and five modern-day singles (ages 20 – 40) in their own quest to find authentic love and meaningful relationships. By engaging in Cronin’s dating philosophy, her mentees find more fulfilling and lasting relationships.

Critically-acclaimed author Suzanne Venker said The Dating Project is “a wake-up call for Americans, many of whom are in the dark about how dramatically dating has changed” in a FoxNews.com op-ed. “For a host of different reasons, Americans are broken. They want love, but no one has shown them the way. That’s what makes The Dating Project, in my estimation, the most important documentary in recent years — for what jumps off the screen is our culture’s abdication of love as even a concept, let alone a reality.”

“This documentary is a must-see for anyone concerned about the impact our over-sexualized world is having on the most basic of relationships, especially among young people,” said Teresa Tomeo, media expert, motivational speaker, bestselling author and syndicated Catholic talk show host of “Catholic Connection” and “The Catholic View for Women.” The Dating Project is an eye-opener that will hopefully help Generation Y and the rest of us realize we all deserve better than what the hook-up culture claims to offer.”

The Dating Project is a cultural avalanche,” said Sr. Nancy Usselmann, director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies.

We’re giving away 5 copies of The Dating Project on DVD. This giveaway is open to mailing addresses in the USA only. Winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to alternate winners.
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Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. This sounds very interesting especially having a new teenager. Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. With 7 kids under 19 I believe this would not only benefit us but our parish which lacks funds for our young adults. Would love to get this DVD

  3. I have a 15 year old daughter. It is frightening out there and we need all the help we can get to offer ideas for better ways to navigate relationships.

  4. Sounds like a documentary for me and my teenager. We need to expose the lies of the current culture and offer alternatives to our kids.

  5. I think this provides a great opportunity for our high school seniors prior to attending college. I’d love to have this for our annual Seniors night!

  6. I’d love to show this to our high school seniors on their Senior Night before they leave for college!

  7. This documentary looks so, so good. I will have 3 teenagers by August, and I will have 3 more after that. So this giveaway will be perfect for the “parenting teen years” that are ahead of me.

  8. I’ve heard this discussed on Relevant Radio and it sounds like what every young person and their parents need to hear. I can’t wait to share with my soon-to-be college student and his friends.

  9. I’ve heard many good things about this documentary, and I have several single friends so I’d love to watch and share it with them as we discuss the dating crises in our culture!

  10. I have four sons growing into teenagers and we are part of a Catholic college campus. We’d love to spread the word and help create healthy, holy marriages.

  11. My husband is a high school religion teacher and this seems like it would give him some good perspective and conversation points about what they may come across in college.

  12. I am fascinated. What are Ms. Kerry Cronin’s dating rules? Are they realistic? Would my high schooler find them silly like she does anytime the word “courting” comes up? If just one of the couples going out adhere to the rules does it change the way the other person on the date acts? WOW! so much to consider. I would love to know the outcome. As a new youth group leader it has been eye opening to hear…welll what they really don’t want us to hear. To sit and listen to what is underneath what they want me to hear. I hope Ms. Kerry Cronin can give me a shared language to introduce an alternative that doesn’t sound….old.

  13. I was not successful at getting my young adult son to see this in the theatre. I would love to be able to share this with my children.

  14. I would love to see this. I would share it with my Goddaughter who just graduated from college…and someday my children.

  15. This video would be a perfect gift for my brother. He has been struggling with relationships and this would be a great resource for him!

  16. This looks so interesting and helpful in today’s times. Thank you for sharing and offering a chance for us Catholic parents.

  17. Cassandra D on

    I want to see the effects on how the dating culture has changed and that is why I am interested in this movie.

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