Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

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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