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Review: Blue Like Jazz

Out of tune
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 12, 2012
0.5 0.5 Stars

A faith-based film directed by Christian recording artist Steve Taylor, adapted by Taylor and Donald Miller from the latter's 2003 memoir, this micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone . . . except those who like movies. How best to tell the tale of Miller (True Blood's Marshall Allman), a lad who flees his Southern Baptist upbringing in suburban Houston to attend Portland's Reed College ("the most godless campus in America") after learning that his divorced mom (Jenny Littleton) is having an affair with their church's youth pastor (Jason Marsden)? Why, by creating a fantasy secular world that includes women at urinals and tuba players in diapers, plus having young Don hide his Bible Belt background for fear of being found out by his ultra-liberal classmates, who aren't so liberal after all. But then, this cartoonish movie centers on the journey of a disillusioned Christian who discovers that he's . . . still a Christian. Heavens!

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