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Plot: Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America.
Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 12 Apr 2012
Finally, a movie that is REAL (by herecomesthesun-323-891612)
Having read the book, I was extremely excited to finally see "Blue Like Jazz" hit the big screen. I had high expectations, and these were greatly exceeded. The film resonates with anyone, Christian or non. Please don't stereotype this movie in with other "Christian movies" because it isn't. It's beautifully and artistically done, well-written, and well acted. The film follows the life of Don Miller, a young Texan from the Bible-Belt south who, after a series of events, begins to question what he believes and finds himself on the most "Ungodly campus" <more>
in the country. Through many hilarious, poignant, and relatable scenes, the movie becomes a beautiful storyline of a man who is simply searching to figure out what he believes. And, I mean, aren't we all? I wish more movies were like this REAL. Go see it opening weekend! You won't regret it.
If you've ever felt empty, or if you've ever wondered if there was more to life, or if you've ever wanted to know more about God, or if you've ever been hurt by the church, or if you've ever felt scared or angry about religion, or if you've ever wondered how God really thinks or feels, this is the movie for you It's a movie about love, acceptance, fulfillment, searching, being lost, finding your way through life and that void inside each of us that makes us constantly wonder--is this it? Is this all there is to life? This movie is about God, but it never preaches <more>
to you once. It will completely flip your previous notions of what God is like and will comfort you by showing you that you're not alone in your confusion and mess, and that there IS more to this life. The acting is so authentic and the cinematography is beautiful. I have read all of Donald Miller's books and this exceeded my expectations. You can't miss this movie; the book was literally life-changing for me and I know it will be for many others
sometimes you have to watch someone love something to love it yourself (by beverlykhayes)
If you see one movie this year see Blue Like Jazz! Blue Like Jazz is an honest look at one man's journey of faith. Don Miller doesn't write what traditional Christians want to hear. He shares openly his feelings about others and about God. He speaks with conviction that stirs in one self the desire to take a better look in the mirror and at one's own heart and motives. It is about faith, compassion, community and giving back to others. It is about loving like Jesus. Don doesn't ask for approval or require readers to like him or agree with his view. He shares his experiences in <more>
life and what he learned from them. I highly recommend this movie to believers and unbelievers. Some of my friends who believe in Jesus think it isn't spiritual enough. Some of my unbelieving friends think it is overtly spiritual. I say - just watch it for yourself and form your own opinion, but whatever you decide - enjoy the journey and your adventure with Don.Changed my life forever. LOVE IT.
FINALLY. A "Christian movie" that doesn't suck. (by usmc4341)
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 <more>
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.
A refreshingly honest film for everyone (by ankawibi)
My preconceptions about what a Christian movie would be like were happily proved wrong with this movie. I thought it would be another poorly acted, cheesy feel-good film of the us-versus-them variety like so many Christian films are. But it wasn't.This story of a college student trying to escape his Bible Belt upbringing at a godless campus deals with universal themes that will appeal to people from many walks of life.The actors gave solid performances, breathing humanity into the characters. The writers balanced the heavy soul searching with a sense of humor. The producer delivered a <more>
final product that rivals studio films with much greater budgets.An entertaining film that makes you think.
This film was fantastic: by all counts, blew me away and far surpassed any expectations. The cinematography alone is reason to see it. It was brilliantly written from a book that was not well crafted to be a movie; the result stands on its own feet apart from the book at all. Feel free to read the book to get more in the main character's head, but you should also know it isn't necessary. The two are so drastically different, you might wonder why some of the fantastic scenes in the movie weren't originally included in the book! Whether or not you even read or liked the book: this <more>
is a worthwhile movie. This movie has been described as an "edgy" film - but that only applies in the "conservative Christian" realm. The truth is, this film is well suited for teenagers and older. It is rated PG-13 and earned that title, but don't hesitate to let your teenage-kids see it: you'll be glad you did. It will provide an amazing forum for discussion thereafter. That is my greatest recommendation: when you do see this movie - and bring all your friends! - make sure you plan ahead and allow time after for discussion afterward. It is thought-provoking and deep and intellectual and spiritual. This movie will make you stop and think about many things in life: prepare to have your mind blown.
As a big fan of the book the movie is based on, I went in thinking there was no way that the movie could compare with the book.While it is very hard to translate a series of essays into a story with a flowing plot, the creators of Blue Like Jazz the movie did an exceptional job.The film is unique in that there is no way to compare it to any other Christian film. The message of Jesus isn't heavily preached, and instead, a truthful representation of a boy brought up in the Southern Baptist religion is presented. It also leads to a discussion on what it means to be a true follower of <more>
Christ.While there is language, alcohol, and drug use, the movie has integrity and heart, and I highly recommend it!
Entertaining Film about Finding One's Faith (by JustCuriosity)
Blue Like Jazz was extremely well-received at its World Premiere at Austin's Paramount Theater as part of the SXSW Film Festival. This is a powerful film about a young man's spiritual journey from an unthinking fundamentalism to trying to develop a better understanding of his own self. The story is loosely based on Don Miller's book about his own spiritual journey from an evangelical upbringing in Texas to the "Godless" Reed College in Portland, Oregon. It is a coming-of-age story about a man searching for his faith in the most unlikely place possible. This independent <more>
film is well-written and well-acted and keeps the viewers engaged. The story mixes quirky characters into a film that might otherwise feel heavy. The film's themes remind me of one of my favorite films, Saved!, which also deals with a character's spiritual struggle to find her own faith. This is the kind of provocative films that one wishes Hollywood would make, but which usually end up being produced by Independent films.
When I read the book Blue Like Jazz almost ten years ago, it made a big impression on me. As the book Blue Like Jazz is more of a series of essays than a narrative, I was curious as to how it would translate into a film. While the film fictionalizes the authors' story at Reed College, it still captures the heart of the book. Like many young Christians, Donald Miller struggles to make his faith own once he goes to college and looks at some of the stereotypes within the church and how we make peace with them. I enjoyed the film immensely, and I think that people who haven't read the <more>
book will like it too. A creative faith film that I hope many go to see!