Blue Like Jazz: Edited

DVD Release: February 12, 2013
Blue Like Jazz: Edited


A Texas college student flees the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at ‘the most godless campus in America.’ Through his friendship with a fellow student named Penny, he discovers a deeper, more authentic Christian faith.

Dove Review

The Prodigal Son at a liberal college. This is basically the plot for this movie which features a character named Donny who leaves his home and fundamental teaching for a time as he makes liberal friends at college. He comes across a lesbian and others who ridicule his Christian faith. He ignores his mother’s phone call for him to return home for Christmas. He gets into some trouble but eventually, like the Prodigal Son, he finds his way back to God.

Content Description

Sex: Innuendos such as a bumper sticker on a car saying, "Abstinence makes the church grown fondler"; condoms are handed out at college and a young man takes some; a huge condom is put on a church steeple with a sign which says, "Don't let these people reproduce"; a lesbian character and lesbian comments; a youth pastor who is married gets a single woman pregnant and she is sorry but he doesn't show contrition; a comment that Christians would burn the flag at a gay's funeral and a young man says they are not all like that; gay lover joke; talk of a priest molesting a young boy;
Language: G/OMG-2; D-1; H (Place)-1; H-5; P-3; S-1; Crap-3; Retards-1; Slang for testicles-2; Book titled "Lil S*uts-1; Sl*t-1
Violence: A young man beats on a youth pastor's car as he believes the married man is having an affair with his mother; a kid tackles a kid at the flag pole.
Drugs: A character uses a bong and smokes marijuana; a character is referred to as a "pot head"; some young men drink a drink and it is not clear if it is alcohol or not; beer bought at a store and beer drinking.
Nudity: Shirtless men and some in loin cloths; bare midriffs.
Other: Jokes about the Christian faith such as a man joking, "I'll be left behind" and a character's Christian background is ridiculed; a bumper sticker says, "I found Jesus--he's drunk in my back seat"; talk of "wacko beliefs" and the "Christian club"; some people state they don't believe God exists; talk of a Wiccan club; one young man wonders why God would refer to Himself as "Father" since some fathers are bad examples and young man says it is a bad marketing idea; young people arrested for painting a sign and changing it; vomiting.


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Steve Taylor
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter