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Blue Like Jazz Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    One only has so much patience, though, for watching Communion-wafer-thin characters caught in a liberal-arts cartoon.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Coming-of-age college comedy has muddled messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Blue Like Jazz, which was based on a semi-autobiographical book by Donald Miller, is a coming-of-age story about a religious teen who chooses to attend a very liberal college. The school is shown as being free-spirited and full of bad/odd behavior, though the movie doesn't show anything extreme. Characters think and talk about sex quite often (though there's no nudity); language includes "s--t," "bitch," and more. Underage drinking and drug use (pot) are fairly prevalent; overindulgence is portrayed as comic.

  • Families can talk about Blue Like Jazz's sex talk and innuendo. How much of it is just hot air? Which of the teens are interested in a real connection?
  • What is the movie trying to say? Is it pro- or anti-religion? Is it pro- or anti-spirituality? What does spirituality without religion mean?
  • What makes college kids drink and experiment with drugs? Is it peer pressure? Are the consequences of overindulgence portrayed realistically?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Blue Like Jazz's message is a bit mixed. It starts out by making fun of religion for being hypocritical but eventually seems to say that religion and spirituality still have much to offer people on a very personal level.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The main character learns how he can fit into his new school environment while still staying true to himself and helping others.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Occasional mild verbal conflicts and arguments. The main characters are arrested for painting graffiti on a billboard.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Characters are definitely thinking about sex, and there's strong flirting and innuendo, though no nudity or kissing. A giant condom is used in a prank. A character is said to be pregnant.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly strong language includes "s--t," "bitch," "dumb," "hell," "retards," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," and "idiot." 

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: The main character drinks Red Bull during his drive to school. Several cans spill from his car when he arrives. He owns a Dell computer. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: College students are shown overindulging quite often -- drinking beer and other alcohol, eating pot brownies, etc. One character chews tobacco. References to being drunk and high. The hero works in a factory that makes little individual packets of communion wine (they look like blood); viewers see several of these packets, and characters are seen drinking them.

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