Parents' Guide to

Same Kind of Different as Me

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Faith-based drama based on true story deals with big themes.

Movie PG-13 2017 112 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

Much better then the 2 star review

It was a good story. It was clean, it was sad and it was about kindness to others. It was a little slow but very well done. My husband and I both liked it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (3):

Heartfelt and well-made, this meant-to-be-inspiring movie has positive messages and likable characters but little in the way of originality or depth. The real-life Ron Hall wrote about these events in his same-named book. And as a tribute to his wife -- who had an impact on their community's impoverished citizens and taught Ron and their kids, as well as Denver, how to live meaningful lives -- it's simple and honest.

The real Ron and Denver, as well as the Hall children, are seen during the end credits. And the photographs of some of the important changes to the community that Deborah initiated bolster the movie's messages. But director-writer Michael Carney is content to portray these real-life people with appreciative but broad strokes. Deborah is perfect from start to finish, and while that may be true to who she was, it gives Zellweger nowhere to go as an actress. Other than a noteworthy turn by Jon Voight as Ron's troubled father, some remarkable visuals of how the very rich live in Texas, and lots of worthy people to root for, the film is routine. But it will still probably find its audience.

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