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Blue Like Jazz (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 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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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 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 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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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:

$261,190, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$595,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$595,018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ruckus Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: [to Lauryn] Are you trying to make me a lesbian?
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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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Great film that leads to discussion
10 March 2012 | by jmalon16See all my reviews

As a big fan of the book the movie is based on, I went in thinking there was no way that the movie could compare with the book.

While it is very hard to translate a series of essays into a story with a flowing plot, the creators of Blue Like Jazz the movie did an exceptional job.

The film is unique in that there is no way to compare it to any other Christian film. The message of Jesus isn't heavily preached, and instead, a truthful representation of a boy brought up in the Southern Baptist religion is presented. It also leads to a discussion on what it means to be a true follower of Christ.

While there is language, alcohol, and drug use, the movie has integrity and heart, and I highly recommend it!


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