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Colma: The Musical (2006)



Critic Consensus: Three teens contemplate life after high school while singing their hearts out in this fresh musical.

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The title of the teen musical comedy Colma: The Musical incorporates a colloquialism regionally specific to the San Francisco area: "Colma" references a northern California town once established as a necropolis and still used as a burial place. That burg serves as the setting of the picture, but here director-cinematographer-editor-choreographer Richard Wong expands the meaning of 'Colma' to characterize the small town as a place of utter boredom and spiritual death for its young residents. The teenagers at the center of the picture continue to suffer from that malaise: Rodel (scripter H.P. Mendoza, Maribel (L.A. Renigen) and Billy (Jake Moreno). The three rebel against the status quo by periodically breaking into peppy musical numbers - songs original to the film, done in the unmistakable style of '80s new wave rock. The premise of the picture has each teen grappling with the pain and sorrow of a recent romantic break-up, while they attempt to figure out what to do with their lives, given perceived limited options; as the foremost character, Billy takes a part in a local theatrical production and accepts a job working for an oddball proprietor of a men's store. He also finds a new girlfriend in thesp Tara (Sigrid Sutton) but can never quite manage to shake off the lingering memories of his last paramour (Kat Kneisel). The picture packs in thirteen new songs and waxes crisp and snappy, despite its occasional sad-eyed undertones.more
Rating: R (for language including sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: H.P. Mendoza
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
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Jake Moreno
as Billy Castillo
L.A. Renigen
as Maribel
Brian Raffi
as Julio Castillo
Gigi Guizado
as Billy's Mom
Larry Soriano
as Rodel's Father
Paula Baldin
as Young Girl
Jim Wierzba
as Hulk Hogan
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Critic Reviews for Colma: The Musical

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

It's not a great film, but we sure enjoyed it more than many bigger films that try harder to convince us they're great.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
Top Critic

A winning amalgam of MySpace-ish self-involvement, digital video immediacy and 'Hey kids, let's put on a show' gumption.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Suburban teenage frustration: Didn't it always go down best with a salty side of Journey? Or the Smiths?

Full Review… | July 12, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A little rough around the edges, this likable movie is filled with adolescent angst, youthful energy and hope.

July 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The songs sound like they were recorded on a toy synthesizer in someone's basement, and neither of the two male leads can sing.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

An itty-bitty movie with a great big heart, Colma: The Musical is about how we learn to give voice -- joyfully, honestly, loudly -- to the truest parts of ourselves.

July 6, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Colma: The Musical

A sharp and seriously charming indie musical.

William Goss

Super Reviewer


I happen to catch this musical on the Sundance channel and it was a delightful surprise. I, especially, enjoyed Mendoza's songs. The film's style is reminiscent of the french musicals, THE UMBRELLA'S OF CHERBOURG and LOVE SONGS. It almost falls apart during the climatic scene which takes place in a small regional theatre. However, the film redeems itself rather quickly. check it out!

Terry Meddows

Sounds really depressing and kind of like one of those "indie art" movie that won't make much sense. Pass- prolly.

Kathryne Parker

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