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Blue Like Jazz (2012)

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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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Steve Taylor

Writers:

Donald Miller (screenplay), Donald Miller (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Allman ... Don Miller
Claire Holt ... Penny
Tania Raymonde ... Lauryn
Justin Welborn ... The Pope
Eric Lange ... The Hobo
Jason Marsden ... Kenny
William McKinney ... Jordan (as Will McKinney)
Jenny Littleton ... Don's Mom
David Alford ... Priest
Jeff Obafemi Carr Jeff Obafemi Carr ... Dean Bowers (as jeff obafemi carr)
Matt Godfrey ... Yuri
Jeffrey Buckner Ford Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... James Larkin (as Jeffery Buckner Ford)
Traber Burns Traber Burns ... Phillipe Nouvel
Barak Hardley ... Town Crier
Jenson Goins Jenson Goins ... Quinn
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everybody belongs somewhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kék, mint a jazz See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ruckus Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Miller attended the church, Imago Dei in Portland, OR 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

Kenny: [Don and his Baptist youth minister talk before Don leaves for college] Don't let them brainwash you, Donny.
Donald Miller: Well, it is a Baptist college.
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Don't do it if you aren't already Christian!
28 December 2013 | by mindyloucooperSee all my reviews

I have never written a review on IMDb before but felt compelled to after watching this film.

Last night I was looking for a good independent film to watch and this flicked across the screen in my Netflix options. Never having heard of the book and not knowing a thing about what I was getting myself into, I went for it.

There were early hints that I had walked myself into a "Christianity is the bestest" type film, but I didn't know for sure until halfway through when the main love interest professes to the main character something along the lines of, "I can't explain it, I just love Jesus!". I recognized this tell-tale sign of propaganda but decided to suspend judgement. I sat through the rest of the film in hopes that there'd be surprise character or plot development in the second half. Unfortunately, there wasn't.

The plot is thin and predictable. I find it remarkable that others who have reviewed the film found it thought provoking. In my estimation, those who found it to be this way enjoyed the affirmation that the film provided. Can't fault anyone there: we all like a little positive reinforcement from Hollywood every now and then.

For those of us who aren't sold on Christianity, the underlying theme of Christianity being the "right" belief is obvious and more than a little off-putting. In order to be truly thought provoking (to those who aren't already on board with the concept), the message shouldn't have been so obvious and cheesy.

If the hope was that this movie would help put Christianity in a better light with non-Christians, the movie misses that mark too. None of the characters exhibited a need for Jesus/the church - at their core they were smart people with good consciouses, and were clearly capable of sorting themselves out without the church. I didn't see or hear any testimony as to why either required religious support to do this, in fact the movie highlighted several good reasons to stay away from the church: priest pedophilia and some mixed up relationships amongst church members. If a salesperson is trying to sell something, they need to talk about the benefits of the product they're pushing at least a little bit, right?

All in all, this is probably a great film if you are a "church-every-Sunday" kind of person - this may be just the thing to make you feel great about your beliefs (basing this not on personal experience but on other reviews). But if you are that person, please don't kid yourself that this will be the movie to convince your non-believer friends that they should worship with you.

For the non-believers, regardless of your non-believing status, this movie is skippable. The plot, characters, acting and writing is all pretty thin - not a whole lot of meat to chew on here.


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