Blue Like Jazz (2012)
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as Don Miller
as The Pope
as Don's Mom
as The Hobo
as Dean Bowers
as James Larkin
as Phillipe Nouvel
as Town Crier
as Reed Activities Receptionist
as Bookstore Manager
as Houston Pastor
as Aqualike Babe
as Trendy Writer
as Lauryn's Friend
as Convenience Store Clerk
as Book Store Clerk
as Debate Moderator
as Robot #1
as Robot #2
as Black Jesus
as Drunk Freshman
as Boy with Balloon
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Blue Like Jazz
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.
An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz is an excellent alternative film that offers laughs, drama and ultimately a deep philosophical look at the nature of faith. The movie is earnest and the characters are surprisingly adept and helped by their newcomer status. Although it doesn't capture all of what made Blue Like Jazz one of the best books of the last decade, the movie is a must see and a really smooth adaptation of a book that many thought was impossible to turn into film.
"Blue Like Jazz" has a lot going for it, especially because it caters to the demographic of confused religious people either in their twenties or thirties. In contemporary film, faith is rarely a theme that is visited without certain intermingling themes. Most of these films either broach leaving religion altogether and finding a new identity, or they remain schmaltzy and renew the character's faith. This film fits better into the second category, while also having an interesting setting, great supporting characters, and feels fresh for college students, especially those in small liberal arts campuses. The story comes from the book of the same name by Donald Miller, and is semi-autobiographical. It certainly feels that way, because there's raw emotion and private introspection into the thoughts of main character Don (Allman), who narrates the film. Don lives his entire life in Texas, going to a Baptist church and hanging out with friends from a local factory where he works. When he realizes that his mother is having an affair with his married youth pastor, he runs away to Portland to go to the infamously liberal Reed College. There he starts raising questions that religion doesn't always allow, and makes friends with several interesting characters, including a newly freed lesbian and the campus' Pope, who hates all religion and favors indecision. The film stays strong as Don starts to understand his own isolation and the reasons why he is rebelling against his faith, but eventually becomes a tangled mess. It's just trying to enclose so many ideas and so many competing storylines that it collapses in on itself. Don's own realizations about himself don't even culminate until the very end of the film, and we never learn what their impact is, and what it means for the character. We also have to deal with child abuse, alienation, and depression in a very short span of time, and though each theme is lighted upon, the film doesn't say much about them. SPOILERS: That and making the Pope into a victim of sexual abuse during confession was really biased and short sighted, which only feeds into the view that anti-theists already have. It felt more like a cheap ploy to wrap everything up than an actual ending, and for that, I find the most fault.
Loved the end. Different from the book but still had aspects that were similar. Thought provoking and quirky.
Blue Like Jazz Quotes
|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!|