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Blue Like Jazz (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 April 2012 (USA)
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Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America.

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Disenchanted by the church and his devout Christian mother, 19 year-old Donald escapes Texas for the liberal Northwest and attends Reed College at the urging of his secular father. At Reed College, Don finds that his classmates, from all walks of life, are more anti-religious and anti-everything than he was prepared for. In an attempt to fit in, and more importantly, in an attempt to find himself, Don joins an activist group which forces him to question what he really believes in. Written by napierslogs

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Everybody belongs somewhere.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language | See all certifications »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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$258,653 (USA) (13 April 2012)

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$594,904 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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The movie was made possible by the efforts of fans the refused to see the project die. A campaign on KickStarter was started after a September 16th blog post by Donald Miller that the project was dead due to the lack of backers. By the end of the funding period on October 25th, Save Blue Like Jazz had raised $345,992 (of the $125,000 goal or 276%) from 4495 backers. The earns the project a Hall of Fame ranking on KickStarter as the highest funded project ever. See more »

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Don tells his mother that there are no roommates in the dorms at Reed college, but Lauryn tells a story about her "first year roommate". See more »

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Donald Miller: Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something, before you can love it yourself.
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The names of over 1,500 people were listed as Associate Producers of the movie. See more »

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Because it's real.
13 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was talking to a friend who'd walked out of the showing right before mine, I ask him how it was he said he'd liked it but preferred more heavy, heady apologetics etc.

As I watched the movie I thought to myself...what good would heady, heavy apologetics do if a heart was never moved. If it were never personal but rather an argument to be won or lost.

I understand and admire even the individual who can keep pace in crazy complicated debating and maybe some people need that first but we all need heart review, I'd argue that it is actually more necessary than the former. And I believe this movie candidly and with great humor and sincerity hits that button. I guarantee you whether you say it out loud to anyone else or not some part of this movie will strike a chord in you, believer or not, and you'll be better for it, if you don't ignore it. A must see.


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