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Based on the New York Times bestseller that swept the nation, BLUE LIKE JAZZ is a groundbreaking film about finding yourself. Don (Marshall Allman), a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at Reed College in Portland, one of the most progressive campuses in America. Upon arrival, Reed’s surroundings and eccentric student body proves to be far different than 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Don's crisis of faith, which should be the movie's core and engine, is never really convincing. It's spelled out but dramatically inert, lost among the yuks of the Reed kookiness.
Fresh: Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
Rotten: An overlong mishmash of coming-of-age comedy, social satire and spiritual think-piece whose ultimate stance on religion feels awfully fuzzy.
Rotten: One only has so much patience ... for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.
The Book Was Better
Although the movie of a book always puts in place missing pieces in my mind, I felt this movie left a lot to be desired. Don't get me wrong….I still like the movie but I felt that it was missing some of the more spiritual parts of the book. Maybe it was intended but I felt the punch line of the book was the confession booth and I recall it being dramatic and a bit more detailed in the book. Wish they would have done a better job of that. It is great to see the image of the pope pushing a burning shopping cart. Overall, I love the book, like the movie and will buy and watch it every once in a while.
Honest, refreshing and real
Blue Like Jazz The Movie and Blue Like Jazz the book are quite different narratives. Where the source book is a series of essays describing Donald Miller's exploration of faith, the movie is a fictionalized version of the story. Don is now a high-school grad headed for Reed College after some surprising plot-twists that aren't in the book at all.
These changes do not hurt the story. Instead they allow the themes and ideas from Don's book to translate onto the big screen. The idea that Christians aren't always great at representing Christ is clear.
I felt like the most potent part of the book (the confession booth) was a bit too abbreviated. I always applaud subtlety, but here the idea of Don's passion may be lost on more conservative viewers.
This is a film I can comfortably recommend to anyone.
Great book great movie you have to watch it!