Same Kind of Different as Me (film)

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Same Kind of Different as Me
Same Kind of Different as Me.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Carney
Screenplay by
  • Ron Hall
  • Alexander Foard
  • Michael Carney
Based onSame Kind of Different as Me
by Denver Moore
Ron Hall
Lynn Vincent
Produced by
CinematographyDon Burgess
Edited byEric A. Sears
Music byJohn Paesano
Distributed byPure Flix Entertainment
Release date
  • October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)
Running time
119 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$6.5 million[3]
Box office$6.4 million[4]

Same Kind of Different as Me is a 2017 American Christian drama film directed by Michael Carney, in his feature directorial debut, and written by Ron Hall, Alexander Foard and Michael Carney. It is based on the 2006 book of the same name by Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt, Jon Voight, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund. The film was released on October 20, 2017, by Pure Flix Entertainment. The film received mixed reviews but still made $6.4 million in cinemas against a total budget of $6.5 million including marketing and advertising.


Ron Hall, a successful art dealer, comes to the home of Julio, a man he previously sold a painting to. Julio allows Ron to write a book about his life and a life-changing event he experienced.

Two years earlier, Ron admits to his wife Debbie that he had an affair. Although very upset, she gives Ron another chance, but only if he makes up for his selfishness by helping her out at the local homeless shelter. Initially, Ron is cynical about this and is anxious to get out. They both notice a rather violent member of the community and Debbie convinces Ron to offer his friendship with the man. The man is grateful for the friendship and introduces himself as Denver.

Over time, Ron and Debbie develop a heartwarming and inspiring friendship with Denver. They even invite him over to spend the night. Denver reveals his life story to them: he grew up in the care of his grandmother who died in a fire that consumed their home. He soon left and became a sharecropper on a plantation where he was attacked by the KKK for having a white friend and talking to a white woman. Eventually, Denver fled the plantation and came to a town where he was arrested for attempted robbery. In jail, he killed a small group of prisoners when they attacked him. Ron and Debbie forgive him for his actions which he deeply appreciates. It is soon revealed that Debbie has terminal cancer.

Ron and Debbie invite Denver to spend the holidays with their family including Ron's mother Tommye and alcoholic father Earl whom Ron does not get along with. Earl further sours their relationship when he insults both Denver and Debbie causing Ron to sever ties with him which hurts Denver who never had a father and thinks there is a good man inside Earl.

Debbie has her final goodbyes to her children, Regan and Carson. She then tells Ron to have happiness with whomever he wants. She tells him where she wants to be buried. Later, both Ron and Denver share a dance with Debbie. Not long after, Debbie dies.

After the funeral, Ron stops visiting Denver. Back in the present, Ron leaves Julio's house and goes to Denver where they have a happy reunion. Denver tells Ron to visit Earl. At his parents' house, Ron finds a much happier Earl who has given up drinking and made up with Tommye who thanks Ron. Ron and Denver go camping near Debbie's grave and reminisce about her.

In closing titles, it is revealed Ron finished his book with Denver's help and the two travel cross-country sharing their story and getting funds for other homeless shelters.



On October 20, 2014, Renée Zellweger joined the cast to play Deborah.[5] On October 28, 2014, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight joined the cast.[6] On November 7, 2014, Olivia Holt joined the cast to play Regan Hall.[7] Principal photography began on October 27, 2014, and ended on December 19, 2014.[8][9]


The film was originally scheduled to be released on April 29, 2016,[10] but was pushed back to February 3, 2017.[11] On December 30, 2016, the film was pushed back to October 20, 2017, and was acquired by Pure Flix Entertainment.[12] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 20, 2018.[13]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on ten reviews and an average rating of 5.8/10.[14] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 47 out of 100 based on seven critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]


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  6. ^ Ford, Rebecca (2014-10-28). "Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight Join Faith-Based Drama 'Same Kind of Different as Me'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  7. ^ Ford, Rebecca (2014-11-07). "Disney Channel Star Olivia Holt Joins 'Same Kind of Different as Me'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  8. ^ "Renee Zellweger begins shooting 'Same Kind of Different as Me'". LA Times. 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
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  10. ^ Dave McNary (2015-03-20). "Pierce Brosnan's 'Moon and the Sun' Pulled from Schedule". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  11. ^ Jeff Sneider (2016-03-18). "Paramount Pushes Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear Drama". Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  12. ^ "'Same Kind of Different as Me' Exits Paramount Slate, Moves To Pure Flix With New Release Date". Deadline. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Bentley, Rick (February 18, 2018). "New on DVD: 'Girl Without Hands' magnificent visual treat". Telegram & Gazette. Tribune News Service. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
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  15. ^ "Same Kind of Different as Me Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

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