Same Kind of Different As Me“, released in theaters on October 20th, is based on the book that tells the incredibly inspiring true story of Debbie and Ron Hall and their relationship with Denver Moore, a homeless man.

When trouble arises in their marriage, Debbie (played by Renee Zellweger) responds with grace and a spirit of determination to heal their relationship of nineteen years. In an attempt to discover what is really important in life, she decides to begin volunteering at a homeless shelter.


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It is at the shelter that Debbie and Ron (Greg Kinnear) first encounter Denver (Djimon Hounsou) and his angry, explosive outbursts. Though most people would be afraid of Denver and his erratic behavior, Debbie had a dream, a vision, in which she saw Denver in a much different light. Because of this, she is encouraged to befriend this homeless man.

This is the relationship that will change each of their lives forever.


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“Same Kind of Different As Me” Endorsements

Same Kind of Different As Me tells a story desperately needed today. Here we meet two seemingly different men who, when everything else is stripped away, recognize how profoundly they share a humanity that joins their individual lives. In the face of the division, animosity, not to say hatred that stalks our land, Same Kind of Different As Me lifts up the enduring spiritual reality that we really are all brothers and sisters, children of a loving God.”

– Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C.

“Based on a beautiful true story and enriched by a terrific cast, this is a moving portrait of betrayal, forgiveness, and the ripple effect of unselfish love. Warmly recommended.”

– Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP

“God indeed ‘turns trash into treasure’—whether it’s the squalor of poverty or a marriage wounded by sin. Same Kind of Different As Me beautifully depicts the power grace has to transform any kind of life.”

– Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers

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 Question for Discussion

  1. What did you find most inspiring about this film?
  2. What similarities do all people have?
  3. How can you get to know and serve someone who may appear to be very different from you? Why is this important?