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Blue Like Jazz

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Rating: 3.8/5 (4 votes cast)

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Mixed emotions on this one. There is some really unique filming in this movie and if I could have skipped to the last few minutes of the film I would have been truly blessed. I know a lot of people really liked this film because it does deal with some real issues. I think they purposely went over the top on a lot of issues so it did make the point it was trying to.

Film Synopsis:

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.”

I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened. In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

DVD Based Bible Study Guide! – Here!

(Parental Warning!)

There is a lot of inappropriate talk and scenes for children.  I personally wouldn’t let anyone under 17 watch it.

  • Marshall Allman … Don Miller
  • Claire Holt … Penny
  • Tania Raymonde – Lauryn
  • Eric Lange – The Hobo
  • Becky Fly … Professor
  • Jeff Obafemi Carr … Dean of Student Affairs
  • Justin Welborn – The Pope
  • Jason Marsden – Kenny
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Blue Like Jazz, 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings
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  1. Annelie says
    20 February 12, 1:47pm

    Blue Like Jazz, the new movie based on Donald Miller’s book, doesn’t release to theaters till April 13, but its world premiere comes a month earlier, on March 13, at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin.

    Christianity Today

  2. Tara says
    04 April 12, 11:20am

    I saw this film at an advance screening and here are my thoughts:
    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 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. While many people may not set foot in a church, for one reason or another, they may set foot in the theater to see this film, and if it’s the only Bible they ever read, it will clearly show them how much God loves them. It vividly shares the Gospel with both believers and non-believers alike.

    There are definitely scenes that are not “family-friendly,” but not all of the Bible is family-friendly either. It gives a real, honest, non-watered down representation of the broken world we live in—the world we need to be rescued from.

  3. Annelie says
    10 April 12, 10:06am

    TODAY 4/10/2012 – Red Carpet Premiere Live Streaming – 9pm – EST

    We just received the e-mail update from Blue Like Jazz today…
    Tonight, the Blue Like Jazz Premiere will be held at The Bagdad Theater, and we want you to be a part of it! We’ll be live-streaming the event at the link below. Tune in at 7:00 pm Pacific to see the red carpet, cast and crew interviews, Q+A, and so much more.


  4. ClaytonFrazier1 says
    13 January 13, 9:09pm

    Donald Miller did what most Christian filmmakers wanted to do, break the soft boundaries of the Christian industry standards. This is a realistic view of faith in the college world. And it looks into the world that Christian film won’t show. The secular world outside the Christian world. I love the fact that real types of people were used, and based on real people too. Also happy to see a Lesbian in a Christian film, which is one thing I wanted to do myself but that’s a whole different area in its self. This film has things that Christian find going too far, but this film is meant to be real. It does a great job of doing so. The theme follows hypocrites within the Christian faith and all Christians need to see this. The film production value is great, it looks good and sounds great. All the actors are great, and do a good job. There is of course the typical college stuff as in partying, drinking, sexual things (not content). This find is considered, mature or not “family friendly.”

  5. Cindy says
    02 February 13, 5:04pm

    I watched Blue Like Jazz yesterday. I had some mixed emotions while viewing it, but I essentially liked the film. I plan on watching it one more time before I write a review (I get easily distracted and nearly always watch a film a minimum of 2 times.), but I think we need more films like this. It certainly isn’t for everybody, but it is one I would like to share with several people I know.

  6. David Foreman says
    05 September 13, 1:12pm

    The best “faith-based” film I’ve ever seen. Honest, real, and not sentimentally sloppy, like many “Christian” movies. On a scale of 1 to 10, “this goes to eleven.”

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