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Colma: The Musical (2006)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Musical  -  21 March 2006 (USA)
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In the town of Colma, just south of San Francisco, the dead outnumber the living one thousand to one. Here, one wouldn't expect teenagers to burst out in song, or dance around cemeteries ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Moreno ...
Sigrid Sutter ...
Brian Raffi ...
Larry Soriano ...
Rodel's Father
Paul Kolsanoff ...
Allison Torneros ...
Jim Wierzba ...
Kat Kneisel ...
Dustin North ...
Colma Player / John / Bar Patron
Jeremiah Cothren ...
Colma Player / Bar Patron
Micah Enloe ...
Colma Player


In the town of Colma, just south of San Francisco, the dead outnumber the living one thousand to one. Here, one wouldn't expect teenagers to burst out in song, or dance around cemeteries and streets. But, that's exactly what happens. Best pals Rodel, Billy, and Maribel find themselves in a state of limbo; fresh out of high school, they are just beginning to explore a new world of part-time mall jobs and crashing college parties. As newfound revelations and romances challenge their relationships with one another and their parents, the trio must assess what to hold onto, and how to best follow their dreams. It's a love song to the city, and to the residents who dream of a better (and more musical) life. Written by Christopher Au

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Comedy | Drama | Musical



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$8,403 (USA) (22 June 2007)


$129,974 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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When Billy and Maribel are drinking the wine the brand is Barefoot. Barefoot does not make a wine with a screw top. See more »


Rodel: How do you know if your boyfriend is gay?
Billy: How?
Rodel: His dick tastes like shit.
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References Oliver! (1968) See more »


Mature - Part Two
Written by H.P. Mendoza
Performed by The Three Jakes
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A delightful surprise
13 January 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Flawed, certainly, but a bracing and energetic evocation of disaffected youth, and one of the most assured live-action musicals of the decade. This study of three young friends trying to escape dead-end futures in a dispiriting San Francisco suburb tracks along the same themes as, say, the Broadway musicals "Spring Awakening" and "American Idiot," but it's much less monotonous about conveying its theme of oh-I'm-so-young-and-sad-nobody-understands- me. And the soundtrack is varied and clever, the best musical moment being the "Cupid" number, the closest thing we'll get in 2006 to a great production number. Jake Moreno isn't the greatest actor, and the cinematography is muddy, and the idea that these three are living among the dead isn't sufficiently developed--we don't know how literally to take it. But writer-songwriter-actor H.P. Mendoza is clearly a very, very talented young man, and he catches familiar themes of youthful angst in fresh ways. And L.A. Renigen is a completely convincing wonderful-best-friend. All three kids are persuasively made up of good and bad traits, and we keep rooting for them even when they screw up. Made for nothing, it's an invigorating little movie, and at the end, when the credits thank "the town of Colma," you do get the impression that the whole town rallied behind these gifted young people to make their dreams come true. It's a nice feeling.

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