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Blue Like Jazz
Blue Like Jazz (2012)
4.0
(4 Ratings)
1 Reviews | 3 Short Comments | 61 Collectors | 15 Times Watched

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Movie Info
Movie Year:
Director:
Steve Taylor
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Movie Year:
2012
Cast:
Claire HoltJason MarsdenTania Raymonde
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Screenplay:
Steve TaylorBen Pearson
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Genre:
Comedy,
Studio:
Disney
Genre:
Action/Adventure
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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Comedy
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Kids/Family
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DVD Release:
2012/08/07
Theater Release:
2012/04/13
Blu-ray Release:
2012/08/07
Blu-ray 3D Release:
No release information.
DVD Release:
(ex. 2002/10/21)
Synopsis:
Tagline:
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.
 
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Blue Like Jazz digs into a realm little touched by American movies: the wrestling match between faith and doubt. Don (Marshall Allman, True Blood), after discovering that his mother is having an affair with his youth pastor, flees conservative Texas for the most radical place he can find: Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As he navigates romantic disappointment, civil disobedience, a lesbian best friend, and lots of alcohol, Don tries to not only hide his Christian background but repress his religious yearning--which only leads him to flounder until, after struggling through confusion, lashing out, and even humiliation, he reaches some equilibrium. Adapted from the memoir by Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz is an odd movie, episodic and muddled in some ways, squeezed into moviemaking formulas in others, and there are some sequences (such as Don imagining himself as a rabbit chasing a sexy carrot from Texas to Portland) that aren't going to make much sense to anyone who hasn't read the book. The greatest strength of Allman's performance is that it doesn't soft-pedal Don's disillusionment; his desire to escape his upbringing feels genuine, and the movie's conclusion doesn't seem predetermined. Blue Like Jazz doesn't reach the emotional richness of Higher Ground, another movie about the search for faith, but Don's struggle feels honest. That kind of integrity is rare and worth experiencing. --Bret Fetzer
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Movie Disc Details
Disc Version:

Runtime:

107

DVD Region:

A, B, C

Disc Type:

BD

Aspect Ratio:

16:9

Video Format:

MPEG-4 AVC

Parental Control:

1

Video Signal:

PAL

Layers:

1

Subtitles:

English (United States)

Spanish (Spain, Traditional Sort)

English (United States)

Sound Mix:

DTS-HD Master Audio

Dolby Digital

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