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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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Dean Bowers (as jeff obafemi carr)
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James Larkin (as Jeffery Buckner Ford)
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Jenson Goins ...
Quinn
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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13 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Kék, mint a jazz  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,653, 15 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$594,904, 3 June 2012
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Trivia

Donald Miller wrote a book, A Million Miles in A Thousand Years, as a memoir of the experience of making this movie. Or, as he calls it, "editing my life." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Donald Miller: He told me jazz was like life, cause it doesn't resolve.
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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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Entertaining Film about Finding One's Faith
13 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Blue Like Jazz was extremely well-received at its World Premiere at Austin's Paramount Theater as part of the SXSW Film Festival. This is a powerful film about a young man's spiritual journey from an unthinking fundamentalism to trying to develop a better understanding of his own self. The story is loosely based on Don Miller's book about his own spiritual journey from an evangelical upbringing in Texas to the "Godless" Reed College in Portland, Oregon. It is a coming-of-age story about a man searching for his faith in the most unlikely place possible. This independent film is well-written and well-acted and keeps the viewers engaged. The story mixes quirky characters into a film that might otherwise feel heavy. The film's themes remind me of one of my favorite films, Saved!, which also deals with a character's spiritual struggle to find her own faith. This is the kind of provocative films that one wishes Hollywood would make, but which usually end up being produced by Independent films.


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