"Loving Christian Story"
What You Need To Know:
On the positive side, the moral messages in LOVE DIFFERENT are very good. The movie promotes reconciling with your spouse, training up your child in the way he should go, and appreciating that people are different without stereotyping them. Furthermore, Jenn Gotzon does a terrific job as Lindsay. On the not so positive side, the movie is very disjointed, the jokes are too repetitious, and the direction lacks cohesion. Even so, LOVE DIFFERENT is worth watching because, instead of becoming a racist diatribe, it’s a loving Christian story of reconciliation and redemption.
(CCC, BBB, V, N, A, DD, M) Very strong Christian worldview about a man coming back to church after being angry at church for many years and about racial reconciliation, with subplots about husband wife reconciliation and mother son reconciliation; no foul language; three African American men stop a racist white man from getting physically angry at a white woman because he saw her with a black man so some roughness but nothing intense, and a mother is told to spank her 13-year-old boy, who’s very rebellious; husband reconciles with wife in romantic scene but cut off before anything salacious shown; upper male nudity playing basketball; alcohol references; minor mention of drugs; and, welfare EBT card never works, causing embarrassment, as well as executive in charge of company has visions because he just got out of an operation.
LOVE DIFFERENT tells the story of a white woman who gets a job at an African-American consulting company and a black man, who’s married, who’s given the job of helping her understand black culture.
In the movie’s first scene, Necque Campbell, the African American man, is brushing his teeth and dancing in front of the mirror. His wife, Lisa, enters and she’s annoyed because he doesn’t take enough time with her and doesn’t do the little domestic jobs she needs him to do. At the same time, Lindsay, the white woman, who has a 13-year-old son, Brendon, is getting ready for the first day on the job, and she’s also dancing in front of her mirror.
Providentially, Necque and Lindsay walk into their job together. In a funny scene in the elevator, it is clear that they don’t get along. She arrives at Necque’s company, and everyone is shocked because they hired a white woman. The boss, who just had a brain operation and keeps getting visions where he talks to imaginary people, assigns Necque to help Lindsay understand the black culture when she fails a simple test. In the test, one of the questions is what would Lindsay do if she saw a white and black man fighting. She says call the police. The boss brings in two people, who tell her she should never call the police, but take smart phone videos of what’s happening instead. This becomes a running gag in the movie.
At any rate, Lindsay is clueless about black culture. So, many humorous situations occur in her education, some of which involve Necque and her being mistaken as a couple. Others involve an EBT debit card not working when Necque or Lindsay try to buy something with everyone looking over their shoulder.
Necque gives advice to Lindsay about disciplining her 13-year-old son, and Lindsay gives Necque some information about dealing with his anger toward the church that rejected his rap music performance when he was a little boy. The point of the movie is that people are different, and we are called as Christians to “love different,” which is the movie’s title.
On the positive side, the moral messages in LOVE DIFFERENT are very good. The movie promotes reconciling with your spouse, training up your child in the way he should go, and appreciating that people are different without stereotyping them. Furthermore, Jenn Gotzon does a terrific job as Lindsay.
On the not so positive side, the movie is very disjointed, the jokes are often over the top and repeated incessantly, and the direction often fails to create a symphony of the different elements to support the premise and the plot. In other words, the movie is structurally weak. Even so, LOVE DIFFERENT is worth watching because, instead of becoming a racist diatribe, it becomes a loving Christian story of reconciliation and redemption.