Same Kind of Different As Me Reviews
The settings and photography were beautiful. I enjoyed the acting. I started the film on my tiny phone while folding piles of laundry but was curled up in front of the screen and sobbing, by the end. I was definitely encouraged by the hope and resilience of the story.
They addressed so much humanity, but somehow created Deborah as a saint in its effort to say we all have stories and regrets. I kept hoping to connect to what made Deborah ´┐ 1/23-dimensional´┐ 1/2┬?. Other characters also had gaping holes in their stories as well, yet I somehow continued to trust it till the end and let it leave it´┐ 1/2(TM)s previous perspective with me.
I will recommend it and tell people to keep expectations low, so they can also end up being pleasantly surprised.
Tragically, Debbie is diagnosed with a terminal disease and everyone has to again readjust their point of view, including Ron and Debbie's teenage children and Ron's alcoholic father who is eventually pushed aside by Ron for his rude behavior.
In the end, it's Denver who brings clarity to the situation delivering a powerful eulogy at Debbie's funeral and suggesting to Ron he needs to mend the relationship with his father. Ron ends up continuing the work with the homeless that Debbie started along with his best friend Denver by his side.
This is a thought provoking story that encourages the viewer to consider carefully how similar we all are, while at the same time being completely different. That may sound like a contradiction but it's not. Although we are each totally unique, we are also all traveling along the same road - rich or poor, black or white and we all must find our way through this life and into the great beyond. There's some good acting in this film by Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight and Djimon Hounsou who plays the homeless man, Denver. Unfortunately, I was left with the notion that there's a lot more to this story than what made it onto the screen. I have not read the book on which this film was based, but I'm guessing there's a lot more detail in there about how these relationships developed and evolved. If you understand that, you're going to see an abbreviated version of some fairly complex relationships; and if you enjoy exploring how all of God's creations are joined together, this film will be well worth your time.
Based on true story. A woman's dream for the homeless. Her love and forgiveness for her man and her obedience for the One who made her. A must see. Keep a tissue nearby if you're a movie weeper. This movie was full of hope.