Blue Like Jazz (2012)
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Don, a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his evangelical upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at one ofthe most progressive campuses in America, Reed College in Portland. Upon arrival, Reed's surroundings and eccentric student body proves to be far different than he could possibly imagine from the environment from which he came, forcing him to embark on a journey of self-discovery to understand who he is and what he truly believes.
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Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly.
"Blue Like Jazz" is a pleasant film, as well-intentioned as the character Don himself, but it ducks the thorniest questions of faith and dogma while patting itself on the back for realism.
It is - somewhat surprisingly, given the heavy-handed subject - neither sanctimonious nor preachy.
It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way.
Sodom and Gomorrah are paradoxically brought back to life in the form of an Oregon-based liberal-arts college in this Christian recruiting video.
Blue Like Jazz certainly breaks the mould in terms what audiences have come to expect from spiritual cinema, but it refuses to take the necessary leap required to fully redefine mainstream audiences' perception of this niche genre.
A hot mess that somehow manages to somewhat redeem itself by the final frame but sadly not enough to save it from ultimate damnation.
reveals the shallowness of the college years in which an otherwise legal adult can act like a child well into his 20s
[It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade.
Unlike other 'faith-based' films, it lacks a down-on-your-knees come-to-Jesus moment, presenting its young hero as a conflicted Everyman with the same questions about 'the human dilemma' as any sensitive college freshman.
Might make a like-minded double feature with The Way, but Miller's propaganda-lite eventually suffers in comparison.
... two-dimensional characters, trite and stilted situations, and awkward, arch dialogue.
Blue Like Jazz is a coming-of-age story that lurches around in terms of character and themes, and the result is something a good deal less than it could have been.
The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers; it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace.
dares to confront its audience, both secular and religious, by honestly dealing with the complexities of religion, politics, and personal identity
While one can applaud the desire to offer something less heavy-handed and preachy than the overtly Christian movies that have found their way to theatres in recent years, 'Blue' is too mild and muddled to carry off what it aims for.
School days have never been wilder onscreen than in this vividly entertaining and funny clash between a young Christian's sensibilities and the ultimate radicalization into which he is seduced.
... not compelling or provocative enough to effectively translate its progressive message for a wider audience.
Christian moviegoers will find much to challenge them, but those hoping Don's journey leads him to a clear understanding of the gospel might find it a bit unsatisfying.
Audience Reviews for Blue Like Jazz
- Penny: You don't even know what you've done, because you don't know the people you've hurt.
- Penny: Don, Everyone's life is full of crap.
- Don: Sometimes you have to watch someone love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.
- Boy with Balloon: Mommy, look!
- Penny: People in Portland don't use umbrellas.
- The Pope: Dude, watch out. There's a hot lesbian in your bed.
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