Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller spent 43 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and has sold over 1.5 million copies to date. The semi-autobiographical story was adapted for the screen by Miller, Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson. In Blue Like Jazz, Don (Allman), a pious nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, impulsively decides to escape his evangelical upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at one ofthe most progressive campuses in America, Reed College in Portland. Upon arrival, Reed's surroundings and eccentric student body proves to be far different than he could possibly imagine from 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. The film boasts a cast of rising stars including Marshall Allman (TRUE BLOOD), Claire Holt (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), and Tania Raymonde (LOST).
- Steve Taylor
- Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde
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.Rachel Saltz, New York Times, 04.12.2012
Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.Scott Bowles, USA Today, 04.13.2012
An overlong mishmash of coming-of-age comedy, social satire and spiritual think-piece whose ultimate stance on religion feels awfully fuzzy.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 04.12.2012
It tackles existential struggles that many of us grapple with - and the film industry virtually ignores - while doing so in an entertaining way.David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 04.12.2012