Blue Like Jazz


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 2735


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October 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM



Tania Raymonde as Lauryn
Claire Holt as Penny
Jason Marsden as Kenny
Marshall Allman as Don Miller
812.28 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 1 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by beorhouse 8 / 10

The Book?

I know there is a book. I own it, but haven't read it. But it is rarely fair to hold a film adaptation up to its original book. First of all, this film was directed by none other than Steve Taylor--one of the foremost Christian apophatic thinkers alive today, and always seemingly in a war with fundamentalist cataphatic theologians much as was Symeon the New Theologian during his era. Secondly, with all of the schlock film that appears which carries the label "Christian," this film, in my estimation, is the first to not be afraid to show the world as it really is, college as it really is, and the Liberal world of the Pacific Northwest as it really is. The acting is excellent, the humor and wit are funny and well-placed (and paced), and if you look closely, these are seasoned semi-famous stars, not Christian college thespian wannabe's. If you like the post-postmodern viewpoint, and hated Saved! on one end and God's Not Dead 1,2, and 3 on the other, then this film was made for you.

Reviewed by Justin Benz 10 / 10


A fantastic movie with (unfortunately) no target audience. It deals with some rather adult subjects that don't make it friendly for the average Christian household, and it also won't appeal to non-Christian moviegoers due to some overtly Christian themes. That being said, my wife and I loved the movie. We might not watch it again for several years, but I'll never forget it.This movie is incredibly thought provoking and honest. A moving movie excellent for anyone that doesn't mind a few cussing, drinking, Christian, and sexual references in their movies.

Reviewed by Virgil Richardson 9 / 10

FINALLY. A "Christian movie" that doesn't suck.

When I heard Donald Miller's book was being made into a movie, I was half elated, half skeptical. While the book-- that sold over 1.2 Million Copies-- is one of my favorites, it doesn't really lend itself well to a movie screenplay.

Or so I thought.

The movie follows a young kid named Don as he grows up in a Southern Baptist church in Texas, the only child of a uber-religious single mother and absentee deadbeat dad he refers to as "the hobo." Don is about to graduate from High School and is headed to Bible College. He's then faced with a situation that shakes him to his core. He ends up at Reed College, a liberal college in Oregon. The stories that follow show us the author's real struggles with faith and how he comes to grips with his own spirituality aside from the oppressive, rigid religious home he was raised in.

In addition to the screenplay, the director of photography does an impeccable job bringing the characters to life. The characters in the book, though not completely identical to the ones in the movie, become so personally vulnerable and familiar through equal parts can't-look-away awkwardness and close, tight, clean camera work that by the end of the film I found myself angry at myself for not interpreting the characters in the book more accurately even though they were in fact the real people.

BLJ is a movie that is desperately needed in the Christian art scene. The stunning dialog surrounding the film and the idiotic, egocentric way it has been received by many evangelical groups and churches clearly illustrate how needed films like this are. It earns its PG13 ranking in earnest, and there's no Kirk Cameron anywhere to be found. People talk about loving Jesus while drinking a beer, and not everyone who professes to follow Christ walks about with a pious attitude praying out loud and thumbing their Bibles incessantly. They make mistakes, hurt each other, and even cuss! In other words, it's real.

Kudos to Miller, Taylor and company. BLJ has, if nothing else, made in-roads for other non-craptastic movies with a Christ-centered message.

Thank you, God.

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