Colma: The Musical (2006)

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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.
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R (for language including sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

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
Kat Kniesel
as Joanne
Paula Baldin
as Young Girl
Jim Wierzba
as Hulk Hogan
Kat Kneisel
as Joanne
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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
Film.com
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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 11, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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

July 9, 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.

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

½

Compare this with other films about being a teen, and few match this level of happy, resourceful creativity and unforced diversity.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

I just finished watching the movie on sundance channel and found it surprisingly good for a low budget movie. It had some good original music from the cast. If you want to watch something more original than hollywood's constant unoriginal stories than this is one for you. Thank god for channels like sundance that try to be original in content and quality.

Angel De La Rosa
Angel De La Rosa

Smart and real, full of fantastic songs that (mostly) feel less from a musical, and more from a Magnetic Fields or They Might Be Giants album. Director Richard Wong also proves the age-old fact that you don't need a huge budget to make your movie look professional...you just need to know how to SHOOT a goddamn scene. Just lovely.

Aaron Shanley
Aaron Shanley

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