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.