Blue Like Jazz

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Released 2012

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Director:
Steve Taylor
Released:
2012
Rating:
PG-13
Based on the New York Times bestseller that swept the nation, BLUE LIKE JAZZ is a groundbreaking film about finding yourself. Don (Marshall Allman), a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at Reed College in Portland, one of the most progressive campuses in America. Upon arrival, Reed's surroundings and eccentric student body proves to be far different than 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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  • 63

    Slant Magazine

    Blue Like Jazz charts a typical existential coming-of-age tale, yet remains atypical by being hip while also treating religion fairly.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Remains as tame in its presentation as its target audience would expect. Students drink beers on occasion, but no one is shown having sex, taking mind-altering substances or using ...

  • 20

    Time Out New York David Fear

    The movie adaptation's version of religion may be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it ...

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