MPAA Rating: PG-13
For thematic elements including some violence and language.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Runtime: 119 minutes
Directed by: Michael Carney
Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Renée Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Austin Filson, Olivia Holt
Movies based on true stories are huge options to learn how other people live and their experiences. The movie Same Kind Of Different As Me, directed by Michael Carney from a script written by him, Alexander Foard and Ron Hall, is the inspiring real life story of Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) an international art dealer, and his family.
Filson, Zellweger, Holt
Ron’s wife Debbie (Renée Zellweger) loves her husband and their two children. She donates her time at Fort Worth’s Union Gospel Mission helping with the food and trying to offer inspiration to the homeless that come there. The entire family is busy coming and going, especially Ron who travels a lot.
Debbie becomes suspicious that her husband is having an affair. She’s so upset she calls the other woman to suggest she find someone who will really love her. Debbie knows how the Mission can change people and talks Ron into helping out. He’s not that excited, but when Debbie points out a man in need of a friend, Ron agrees.
He has no idea that Denver “Suicide” Moore (Djimon Hounsou) is not only homeless; he’s extremely angry, breaking windows with baseball bats, coming to the mission just sitting and staring and not even eating. Slowly Ron talks to Denver, finds suitable clothes for him and takes him on little trips. One of them is to a museum full of art where Ron explains some of the portraits, what they might mean and the artists who made them.
Zellweger, Kinnear, Hounsou
Estranged from his own father (Jon Voight) for years, Ron reconciles with him and his parents join Ron and his family for dinners that bring the family somewhat closer together again.
Djimon Hounsou, (Amistad, Gladiator, Blood Diamond) is the gold star in this story. His take on Denver is superb capturing his solemn attitude and how he changes his life.
Having seen this movie and actually listening to the real Ron Hall who wrote the book about his family it’s very apparent how much a little kindness and stepping out of our own shoes might make a big difference to someone’s life.
The cast brought their characters to life making this film even more fascinating. Greg Kinnear serves several of his actions very well. At first distracted from home life and his wife, he becomes more willing to pay attention to his children, agreeing to go with his wife and finding out he really enjoys working at the mission, and that all of this is far more important than money.
Jon Voight plays Ron’s Father with two different attitudes, one happy to be around his son, daughter-in-law and grandkids (Austin Filson and Olivia Holt); but also is strong when there’s a flare between him and Ron.
The soft-spoken Renée Zellweger easily portrays a kind person and a wife willing to give Ron another chance. She’s really interested in Denver and watching her affect a change in him is something we wish could happen every day to those who need it.