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Colma: The Musical (2006)

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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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Richard Wong

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H.P. Mendoza (screenplay), H.P. Mendoza (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Micah Enloe ... Colma Player
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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

R

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colma, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,403, 24 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,974, 26 October 2007
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Greenrocksolid See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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

Quotes

Rodel: How do you know if your boyfriend is gay?
Billy: How?
Rodel: His dick tastes like shit.
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Connections

References Oliver! (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Things Will Get Better
Written by H.P. Mendoza
Performed by Jake Moreno, H.P. Mendoza, L.A. Renigen and Sigrid Sutter
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A delightful surprise
13 January 2014 | by marcslopeSee 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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