Renee Zellwegger in Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me Trailer #2 (2017) “I Had A Dream Last Night…”

Based on the New York Times best-seller about the friendship between a family who takes in a homeless man, Same Kind of Different as Me definitely has the best cast of any Christian film that I can recall.  With Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellwegger, Djimon Honsou, and Jon Voight they have four Oscar nominees or winners whereas most Christian films have….Kirk Cameron.  I think faith-based films certainly have a place in cinema, and my only problem with them is that I’m still really waiting to see my first good one from an artistic standpoint.  I’m sure the message of the film is uplifting and moving, but I can tell from the trailer (and from knowing that this film was finished two years ago) that while the acting may rise above, say, Nicholas Cage in Left Behind, the script is probably going to be about as subtle as a tack hammer to the head.  That’s my real problem with Christian films.  Not that they’re Christian.  I have no beef with that.  It’s that most cannot differentiate the narrative nuance of sermon versus a story.  Stories are powerful and can stay with you for a lifetime. Sermons, in my experience, rarely do.  Maybe I’m wrong and the quality of the actors they do have, which are stellar, will raise the material (which was a NYT best-seller for two years).  We’ll find out when Same Kind of Different as Me opens on October 20, 2017.
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3 thoughts on “Same Kind of Different as Me Trailer #2 (2017) “I Had A Dream Last Night…””

  1. Hollywood just doesn’t grasp how much money they could be making from well-made religious-themed movies. All you have to do is look at Passion of the Christ. I actually don’t think it was the best-directed film in the world when you compare it to Mel Gibson’s other efforts, but the production values and performances were THERE, and it paid off, big time, as we all know. And the film was not in English, and it was ultraviolent, and it was rated R. And it was a smash. As we all know.

    I’ve got to tell you… when you read about the lives of the saints, some of them led lives filled with violence and sex and everything Hollywood loves to push. I could see “faith-based” films getting made that atheists would be able to enjoy. No joke. And there are plenty of real-life stories involving churches and people of faith, and they don’t have to be drowned in preachiness and sermonizing. Hollywood does not even have to push them so hard as “religious” films, just present them as what they are, and you get grandmothers taking their church groups to the movies: a neglected market. If Hollywood could bring itself to put some actual talent behind religious-themed films, they would make a mint.

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    1. I think it’s a mixture of there are no major studio execs who GET this audience in any way shape or form combined with a FEAR of pissing this audience off that make them think that its inaccessible. It’s not. My pastor goes to the movies all the time. Inspirational films with a root in religion, be it any religion, don’t have to be treacly, predictable fare. The Apostle isn’t a “Christian film” but it’s a Christian film in that it’s about a REAL person struggling with his calling, his faith, and his humanity. The complete absence of a spiritual dimension to almost every character produced by Hollywood unless they’re the easy-way-out atheist is lazy writing combined with a fear that a coalition that really doesn’t exist anymore (when was the last time Christians really picketed a film or boycotted a studio, because I can’t remember one since Last Temptation) will cause more bad press than box office gain.

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  2. There is a terrible movie called Cowboys and Aliens, with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. When the aliens first show up in the old west, there is a line or two where a character understands them as demons. Midway through the film, after it has been revealed that the aliens are after prosaic gold, just like most humans, someone asks Craig if the invaders are demons, and he responds that he does not know. At the end, after the film’s heroine has died, Ford tells Craig that she’s in a better place, and after a pause and a tug on his hat, Craig just says “I’ll be seeing ya” or whatever, and moves on.

    Only 15 seconds were spent on this in the entire film, yet I suspect that it was the entire point of the film: hero loses faith. I don’t think it was a subtext, or a theme, because it was so perfunctory on the face of it, and so easy to miss. It was just Hollywood, chipping away at religion. It happens all the time.

    The people calling the shots are not just uninterested and baffled by religeon, they are so antagonistic that they would rather leave an entire market untapped. Normally, when a film is made, research is done on the subject, fastidious research to give the film verisimilitude. Unless the subject is religion. Look to the failure of the Great Biblical Epic Resergence. The wrath of God in IMAX 3D would have made soooo much money if the stories had been respected.

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