'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear Star in Upcoming Faith-Based Movie

Same Kind of Different as Me
Austin Filson, Olivia Holt, Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear in
Same Kind of Different as Me. (Paramount Pictures/Pure Flix Entertainment)


"Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody." These are the words of wisdom from a homeless man found in the pages of the New York Times best-selling book, Same Kind of Different as Me. This October, Paramount Pictures and Pure Flix Entertainment bring the pages to the big screen along with some big talent.

Same Kind of Different as Me stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight in a story were three unlikely people form a friendship and change a community. The story is about a successful couple, Ron and Debbie Hall, whose marriage begins to fall apart after it is revealed that Ron has been having an affair. Fed up with him, Debbie gives Ron a choice to leave or stay, but if he stays, he must remain truthful and do what she asks of him. When she asks that he help serve at a homeless shelter, he would rather just write a large check.

According to the makers of the film, Debbie is guided by her faith and spurred on by a dream she has involving a homeless man named Denver that she believes will change her city. It is a true story about forgiveness, friendship, family and faith and looks great. Same Kind of Different as Me opens in theaters on October 20, 2017.

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