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'Blue Like Jazz'

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Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Fri., March 16, 2012

SXSW Film

Blue Like Jazz

Narrative Spotlight
D: Steve Taylor; with Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde

Don, played by Austinite Marshall Allman, is a Texas boy who is the youth minister's right-hand man. Everything in his life makes sense until he discovers his mother and the youth minister are doing the nasty. His jazz-loving, free-spirited father offers an option out – a free ride at godless and deep-thinking Reed College in Oregon. Don hits the highway, hides his past, and parties hard. But he soon must reconcile his past and figure out his true feelings about faith while chasing after a beautiful girl who puts her faith in action by helping the poor in India. Blue treats both free-thinking Reed College (which agreed to have its name used in the film) and those of faith fairly. There's a message of tolerance slipping through at the end, but most of the way, this is a taut and fun coming-of-age tale of a young guy trying to find himself.


Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, SXSatellite: Alamo Village

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