Blue Like Jazz
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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. -- (C) Roadside Attractions

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
""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."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Sodom and Gomorrah are paradoxically brought back to life in the form of an Oregon-based liberal-arts college in this Christian recruiting video."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"reveals the shallowness of the college years in which an otherwise legal adult can act like a child well into his 20s"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Might make a like-minded double feature with The Way, but Miller's propaganda-lite eventually suffers in comparison."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film's heart is in the right place; it just can't make the rest of its parts function smoothly."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"It is - somewhat surprisingly, given the heavy-handed subject - neither sanctimonious nor preachy."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Simon Foster,
"[It] playfully serves up more food for thought than most comedies we've seen so far this decade."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"... two-dimensional characters, trite and stilted situations, and awkward, arch dialogue."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"An uncommon thoughtfulness about spiritual issues distinguishes this otherwise generic coming-of-age story."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A hot mess that somehow manages to somewhat redeem itself by the final frame but sadly not enough to save it from ultimate damnation."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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