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Colma: The Musical (2006)

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Best pals Rodel, Billy, and Maribel live in Colma. After graduating from high school the trio is having too much fun doing nothing or crashing college parties. But newfound revelations and romances force them to assess what to hold onto.


Richard Wong


H.P. Mendoza (screenplay), H.P. Mendoza (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Moreno Jake Moreno ... Billy
H.P. Mendoza ... Rodel
L.A. Renigen ... Maribel
Sigrid Sutter Sigrid Sutter ... Tara
Brian Raffi Brian Raffi ... Julio
Gigi Guizado ... Kattia
Larry Soriano Larry Soriano ... Rodel's Father
Paul Kolsanoff Paul Kolsanoff ... Kevin
Allison Torneros Allison Torneros ... Amanda
Jim Wierzba Jim Wierzba ... Hulk Hogan
Kat Kneisel Kat Kneisel ... Joanne
David Scott Keller ... Michael
Dustin North Dustin North ... Colma Player / John / Bar Patron
Jeremiah Cothren 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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Did You Know?


During "Can We Get Any Older" in the party scene, Rodel walks past a man and immediately walks past him again. 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 »


Colma Stays (Reprise)
Written by H.P. Mendoza
Performed by Jake Moreno and H.P. Mendoza
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No-Budget Coming-of-Age Musical Reflects a Worthy First Effort
17 March 2008 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

There's a simple emotional acuity at the heart of this 2007 coming-of-age musical. True, at a poverty row budget of $15,000, it has the production values of a direct-to-hotel porn movie, but first-time director Richard Wong and first-time screenwriter, songwriter and co-lead H.P. Mendoza manage to make something substantive from the tired premise of three close friends just out of high school and still reeling from painful romantic breakups and experiencing the social alienation that makes their respective roads to self-discovery bumpy ones. The acting feels stilted and the music rather derivative, but the film somehow makes it to the finish line through its honesty about how life is for social outcasts living in San Francisco's suburban necropolis. It's all the more forgivable for the enthusiastic effort that shows.

Shot on digital video in the real town of Colma, the movie opens with the three leads singing the "Rent"-inspired rave-up, "Colma Stays", which describes the anonymous small town with clever imagery. Lanky Jake Moreno plays Billy, the most inchoate of the trio, an aspiring actor who not only lands a sales job at the mall (Serramonte for all you SF locals) but also a supporting role in a local community theater production. He can't seem to get over his ex-girlfriend much to the chagrin of not only a smitten fellow actress but also close pal Maribel. With a cheery spark masking an uncertain melancholy, the cherubic L.A. Renigen makes party girl Maribel the earthbound glue holding the trio together just barely. Her shining moment comes with "Crash the Party", a dead ringer for Blondie's "Dreamin'", preceded by the film's funniest moment, a frozen-stare purchase of alcohol with fake IDs similar to the liquor store scene in "Superbad".

The most challenged and challenging character is Rodel, played with studied deadpan by Mendoza. Rodel is a gay poet and slacker, closeted from his traditional Filipino father and increasingly jealous of Billy's ability to move on with his life. He provides the film's most painfully realistic moments, as well as the most lacerating lines. Yet, his plaintive rendition of "One Day (Pt. 2)" provides genuine heart to the story's climactic moment. Not everything is wondrous. Moreno's nasal vocals, which make him sound like Bert on "Sesame Street", get wearing for the repetitive monotone. The barroom shanty scene runs too long, especially in ¾ time, and the "Deadwalking" duet between Renigen and Mendoza is marred by the arty Bergmanesque intrusion of ghostly couples dancing in the cemetery. The 2007 DVD offers a few surprising extras given the film's low budget - an infectious and insightful commentary track from Wong and Mendoza and fifteen minutes of deleted and extended scenes that were wisely excised from the final cut. Definitely a worthy first effort.

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Release Date:

21 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,403, 24 June 2007

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2.35 : 1
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